Jews in Latvia before 1918
The exposition begins with a section dedicated to the early period of Jewish history in Latvia, from the settlement in 16th century to 19th century. The first Jewish communities were established in Piltene, Aizpute, Riga and elsewhere. Jews actively took part in economic activity, serving as middlemen between peasants and ...

Jews in Latvia in 1918-1941
 With the foundation of the Republic of Latvia, Jews took an active part in the new state. Many took part in the War for Independence, tens of them were honored. During the democratic rule, Jewish political parties took an active part in the elections and were represented in the Saeima ...

Jews in Nazi-occupied Latvia 1941-1945
 In 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union and completely occupied Latvia. The first days of occupation were marked with discrimination and violence towards Jews and the destruction of the synagogues. From July to August 1941 mass killings took place in all of Latvia that completely “cleansed” all of the ...

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