Jēkabpils, Ķeikāni

Site of massacre:

Latitude: 56.489164
Longitude: 25.900235

When the German occupation began, at the beginning of July 1941 Jews from Jēkabpils were arrested and placed in two guarded synagogues, however, 13 Jews – Binder’s family – succeeded in avoiding arrest, since before the war the head of the family, Yoka Binder, joined the Aizsargi (Guards) Organisation. However, after a month all 13 Jews were shot at Ķeikāni gravel pit.

After the war remains of the victims were reinterred in the common grave at the Jēkabpils Old Jewish Cemetery. No sign has been placed at the site of shooting.

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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