On July 4th at 6 p.m., on the Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Jewish Genocide in Latvia, an art object will be unveiled in Cesis. This monument is dedicated to the memory of Jews and will be placed in the public space of Cesis, Road One Nine Four One.
Until the summer of 1941, about 200 Jews were living in Cesis and its surroundings. At the beginning of August, they were arrested and murdered on the night of August 10th in the woods near Lake Ninieris.
Krista and Reinis Dzudzilo, the authors of the art object, aims to bring Jews back to the present, to history, and everyday life in Cesis, allowing their memories to return to their former homes.
The sculptures are placed on different streets of the city where Jews lived before the Holocaust. Prototypes of the sculptures were pairs of shoes donated by Cesis residents currently living there. A special map of the city, which can be obtained at the Cesis Tourist Information Center, helps to locate the sculptures and the former places of residence of Cesis Jews.
The project “Breaking the Silence” is implemented by the Foundation for the support of the “Bonfire of Conscience” exhibition in Cesis in cooperation with the Museum “Jews in Latvia”.