Dobele Municipality, the Lielbērze Forest

Site of massacre:

Latitude: 56.646899
Longitude: 23.227746

At the beginning of July 1941, upon the instruction by the Nazi Government, the Jews of Dobele were ordered to leave their homes and move to the premises of Dobele old primary school. After a couple of days the Jews were taken from the school to the Lielbērze Forest, where a German SD unit, which had arrived from Jelgava, assisted by members of the local self–defence groups, carried out the eradication action. At the same time also the Jews that had been arrested and brought from Annenieki parish of Tukums region were shot in the forest. According to the data of the State Extraordinary Commission, 49 Jews were shot in the forest.

In 1950 the surviving Jews of Dobele reinterred the remains of Jews, who had been murdered in the Lielbērze Forest, in Rīga, in the New Jewish Cemetery. There are no signs at the site of massacre in the Lielbērze Forest; only a symbolic sign has been placed on one of the trees.

Further reading:

  • Meler M. Jewish Latvia: Sites to Remember. Tel-Aviv: Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews in Israel, 2013.
  • Ezergailis A. The Holocaust in Latvia, 1941-1944: The Missing Center. Riga: The Historical Institute of Latvia; Washington, DC: US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 1996.

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