Engure Municipality, the Valgums Lake

Location of the monument:

Latitude: 56.997150
Longitude: 23.317927

At the beginning of July 1941, when the German army entered Tukums, Jews were ordered to gather in the synagogue of the town in Elizabetes Street, which became the place, where Jews stayed until the action started. In Tukums murdering of Jews began approximately in mid–July, when people in groups of 20 were brought in trucks to the selected site of massacre – a forest in the vicinity of the Valgums Lake, where a commando of murderers, set up by the local self–defence unit, shot them.

After World War II, in the mid–1950s, Jews erected a monument with an inscription in Latvian and Russian in the place of massacre. Levi Lichtenstein, the Rabbi of Tukums, who was identified among the remains of the deceased, was reinterred in the Tukums Jewish Cemetery.

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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