After lunch, we will continue to the Riga Ghetto Museum. Rabbi Menachem Barkan, leader of Riga’s Shamir Jewish community, started it in 2010. The vibrant exhibition, various stories, and interesting artifacts are awaiting you there.
From here, we will continue to the territory of the Jewish quarter and the ghetto in Moscow district. We will start from the memorial to the Choral Synagogue. Latvian nationalist unit led by Victor Arajs burned it on July 4, 1941. Today, an imposing monument marks one of the darkest moments in the history of local Jews.
In the same park, we will learn about Latvians who resisted the Nazis. Their names inscribed on the Whitewall monument of Latvian Righteous Among the Nations.
Afterward, we will drive through ghetto streets. Will see the first Riga synagogue, “Alte Noye shul.” Will stop at the Jewish hospital “Bicur Holim,” where Dr. Vladimirs Mincs used to work, who successfully operated Lenin after the attempt on assassination by Fannie Kaplan.
At the exit from the city, we will see the former Jewish cemetery. City authorities desecrated it and opened on its spot the stone art “Park of Communistic Brigades.”