On July 5, the Museum “Jews in Latvia”, as well as the embassies of Germany and Austria opened an open-air exhibition “Last Stop – Riga”.
The exhibition is located next to the Museum of Occupation of Latvia (Latviešu strēlnieku laukums).
It is dedicated to the fate of German and Austrian Jews who were deported to Riga during the Holocaust in 1941 and 1942. Their fate still comes alive today thanks to numerous sources from the past that make the elements of genocide more visible. In total, at least 24,603 Jews were deported to Latvia from Germany, Austria and the territory of the present-day Czech Republic, only 1,073 managed to survive until the end of World War II. A few thousand more jews were brought and killed here from present Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Poland and Lithuania.
The opening ceremony was addressed by German ambassador Christian Heldt, Austrian ambassador Doris Danler, Deputy chairman of the Riga City Council Edvards Smiltens, and director of the Museum “Jews in Latvia” Ilya Lensky.
The exhibition will be presented until July 31, 2022.