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 “Beginning of the 1941 Terror Against the Jews in Riga Latvia”
 

“Beginning of the 1941 Terror Against the Jews in Riga Latvia”

Beginning on the night of 13 June and 14 June 1941 the Jewish people’s terror began with the Soviet Union’s Deportation of prominent Jews. This was only the beginning to what would be a long year of terror for the Jewish people.
 
Nazi Army Entering the City of Riga Latvia 
 
                                  
     Nazis Army entering Riga Latvia 1 July 1941
 
With the Nazi Army crossing the Latvian frontier in the early morning of Sunday, 22 June 1941 and entering the City of Riga Latvia on 1 July 1941 the bloody summer against the Jews began. Nazi sympathizers and collaborators began their programs of terror arrests muggings beatings and murder against the Jewish people. Before the Nazi Army arrived in Riga, there were some 40,000 Jews living in Riga. With the approach of the Nazis Army and entering Riga, there were only 30,000 Jews still living in Riga, The rest had evacuated with the retreating Soviet Army or left the country entirely moving to other countries not under the occupation of the Nazi Army or Soviet Union.
 
Out of these 30,000 Jews that were still living in the City of Riga Latvia when the Nazi Army entered Riga only 200 Latvian Jews survived the Nazi terror horror and inhuman treatment during their occupation of Latvia and the City of Riga.  
 
    
"Prefecture" Riga City Militia Department
Headquarters located at Aspazijas bulvāris 7 
 
                 
                            Riga Central Prison, also known as the “Zentralka”                           
 
Under the Nazi Occupation Authority, the terror and horror began on the night of 3 July 1941 when Jewish people were dragged from their homes where they were either arrested robbed beaten or just murdered. Those who were arrested were taken to the "Prefecture" Riga City Militia Department Headquarters located at Aspazijas bulvāris 7, the Riga Central Prison, also known as the “Zentralka” and the former abandoned Riga Police Precinct house located at Valdemāra “Krišjāna Valdemāra” iela 19 that was taken over by Viktors Arājs and his Security Group “Arājs Kommando” Unit in July 1941. These places can be regarded as one of the main places of integration torture and murder during the summer of 1941”.
 
    
Former abandoned Riga Police Precinct house located at Valdemāra “Krišjāna Valdemāra” iela 19 that was taken over by Viktors Arājs and his Security Group “Arājs Kommando” Unit in July 1941.
 
On 4 July 1941, in the street opposite this house, volunteers of the “Security Detachment” were registered, all those who wanted, as it was written in the recruiting appeal, to take part in the cleansing of the country from bad elements. Thus the ill-famed “Arajs Detachment” that played a particularly fatal role in the tragedy of Latvian Jews was created. Tens of thousands of foreign Jews deported to Latvia in order to be murder here by there hands.
 
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