Klooga was 1 of the 3 largest forced labor camps in Estonia during World War 2. The camp was established in the summer of 1943 and contained 2,000-3,000 prisoners. Most of the prisoners were from the Vilna (Vilnius) ghetto, but there were also some from the Kovno (Kaunas) ghetto as well as 100 Soviet POW's. Klooga was a brutal camp where prisoner's were often worked to death as well as starved.
On September 19,1944 Klooga became the largest mass murder site in Estonia. Of the 2,500 people that were murdered there 2,400 were Jews and 100 were Soviet POW's.
There is nothing left of the camp to see. When we were there they were just finishing the new outdoor exhibit which is very nice. You basically walk along a path and there are signs and pictures that tell the story of the camp. Some of the pictures are a little graphic as they should be given the atrocity that happened here. There is also the mass grave, a big memorial with a Menorah on it and some smaller memorials that have been placed there over the years. The Klooga Memorial was a bit hard to find, but we didn't give up and we finally found it. It was well worth the effort in my opinion. Below are directions that hopefully will make it easier for you to find.
Directions: The outdoor exhibition "KLOOGA CAMP AND THE HOLOCAUST" is open near the village of Klooga in Harju County. Train station: Klooga-Aedlinn. When coming by car or bus, you can access the parking lot from the Tallinn-Paldiski road immediately after the railway crossing. The exhibition is open to all visitors round-the-clock and entrance is free. The coordinates that I found are: 59° 19′ 12.51″ N, 24° 12′ 48.07″ E
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