The Murder of the Jews in Latvia: 1941-1945

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Northwestern University Press, 2000 - History - 222 pages
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At the end of June 1941, Latvia fell into the hands of the Germans. This book is an account of life and death during the subsequent Nazi reign of terror. Press describes his escape from the Riga ghetto, his three years in hiding, and the trials that awaited the surviving Jews of Riga after it was "liberated" by the Red Army. Recounting his own harrowing experience and detailing the plight of Eastern European Jews faced with the anti-Semitism of their homelands, the Germans, and the Soviets, Press recovers a lost chapter in the history of the Holocaust.
 

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I happened to stumble upon this book while searching for my family history in Latvia. Unfortunately for my Grandfather he was Jewish and Latvian. My Grandfather survived the war and was able to find his non-Jewish wife and daughters in West Germany and in 1950 they moved to the United. States. I have to say this book is very informative and it filled in many gaps in the stories from my Grandfather. I think it is a great historical work that tells the story of the Latvian Jews in WW2. I definitely recommend reading this account. 

Contents

On the History of the Jews in Latvia
3
On the Political Situation of the Jews in Latvia
25
Terror
41
Imprisonment
59
The Ghetto Is Established
75
Daily Life in the Ghetto
87
Extermination
101
THE MARTYRS
111
The Small Ghetto
113
The Large German Ghetto
129
The Kaiserwald Concentration Camp
141
Genocide in Latvia
157
Freedom
179
Afterword
193
Bibliography
205
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Press was born in Riga. Because of overt antiSemitism in Latvia, he began medical school at the University of Florence but returned home in 1938. In 1951, while at Riga University, Press was accused of high treason and sentenced to twenty-five years in the arctic labor camp at Norilsk. He was released in 1956. Press and his family emigrated to West Germany in 1979. He is Honorary Professor of Pathology at the Free University of Berlin.

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