On July 4, the Commemoration day on the victims of genocide against the Jews, a flower-laying ceremony took place at the memorial in Gogola Street, Riga, where on July 4, 1941, local Nazi supporters burned the Great Synagogue together with the people inside. These events marked the beginning of the Holocaust, when more than 70,000 local Jews and about 20,000 Jews deported here from other European countries were killed during the Nazi occupation.

Honoring the memory of the Holocaust victims, the flower-laying ceremony was attended by President of Latvia Egils Levits, Speaker of the Saeima Ināra Mūrniece, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, members of the Cabinet of Ministers, Riga City Council, deputies, other state officials, foreign diplomats, non-governmental organizations and members of the Jewish community.

Honoring the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, the flower-laying ceremony was attended by the President Egils Levits, Deputy Speaker Inara Mūrniece, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, members of the Cabinet, the Riga City Council leadership, MPs, other government officials, foreign diplomats, non-governmental organizations, members of the Jewish community.

The participants of the memorial event also laid flowers at the monument to Žanis Lipke and all rescuers of the Jews during the Holocaust in Latvia, honoring people who risked their lives and the lives of their families to save the persecuted.

Video: flower-laying ceremony, and video speeches by top government officials, ambassadors, former ghetto prisoners, Jewish organizations, and other our friends on the community’s YouTube channel.