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“A moving and important memorial site”

Great Choral Synagogue Memorial
Ranked #71 of 228 things to do in Riga
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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A moving and important memorial site”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

This site contains the ruins of the Synagogue in which around 300 Jews died when they were herded into the building which was then burned to the ground. This atrocity took place on July 4th 1941. The site also has a memorial to the Righteous Gentiles of Riga who saved many, many Jews from annihilation. A humbling experience. Nearby is the Academy of Sciences which has a great view of the city of Riga from the 17th floor.

Visited August 2013
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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A sad reminder”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

The Great Choral Synagogue can be found in the Little Moscow part of town but it is worth the walk if you are interested in World War II. The ruins have been restored and are in a peaceful park in a peaceful part of town and it is about 10 - 15 minutes walk from the station around the corner from the Academy of Science building.
The synagogue was set on fire in 1941 with hundreds of Lithuanian Jews locked inside and there is a simple stone boulder commemorating this. A very fitting and moving tribute to those who lost their lives.

Visited August 2013
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4 Thank Linda M
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Warsaw, Poland
Level 6 Contributor
202 reviews
145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Moving”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

This is the essence of what has left from the large Jewish population in Riga. The place is located on the peaceful square, easily to be reached with the tram (traveling along Moskavas iela), the neighborhood was in war tome converted into ghetto. The majority of the Jews were killed in Sumbuli and in camp in Salaspils. That is a quiet, just commemoration of people that are no longer there....

Visited August 2013
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4 Thank Katarzyna B
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
312 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Sad history”
Reviewed 15 July 2013

The killing of Jews occurred not only in the death camps, but also on the streets of cities, towns, and little villages all over the Baltics. More recognition and monuments to Jews and others who were killed by the Nazis have appeared after the Russians left in 1991.

Another memorial worth seeing is the Salaspils Memorial Ensemble near Riga.

Visited June 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Very moving”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

This ruin of the Riga synagogue sits in a peaceful little park, with a granite boulder with the date of its destruction by the Nazis in 1941. There's also a modern monument to those who helped save some people from becoming victims of the Nazis.

Visited June 2013
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