Latvian Jews commemorate Holocaust with a march

RIGA, Latvia (Press Release)–On  July  04, 2010, the Holocaust Memorial day in Latvia more than 500
people  participated in the memorial march “Steps for Life”. The event was  organised  by  religious  community “Shamir” in co-operation with the World  Congress  of  Russian  Jewry  and  the Jewish  Community Council of Europe.  

Members   of   Jewish   communities  of  Latvia,  diplomats, delegations  from  Germany, Israel and USA, “Maccabi” members and Riga inhabitants  participated  in  the  event. They walked from the Old Jewish
cemetery through the Riga ghetto area to the Big Choral Synagogue memorial and burnt candles there in memory of killed Jews.

More  than 70 000 Latvian Jews were killed in Latvia in the Holocaust. The  flourishing  Jewish  community was exterminated. More than 20 000 Jews  from Western Europe were deported to Latvia and killed here. The tragedy can’t be forgotten.

Preceding provided by the Shamir Jewish community in Latvia

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