82 years after Nazi massacre, mass Jewish grave uncovered in Latvia

A mass grave of Jews murdered by the Nazis in Latvia was uncovered in the city of Liepaja using special technology invented by United States researchers.

On July 15, 1941, German soldier Reinhard Wiener captured several black-and-white photographs of Liepaja’s lighthouse. These photographs remain the only evidence of the Jewish massacre that took place there. Over the years, people attempted to identify the burial site based on the structures in the old photos, but these efforts proved unsuccessful.

Researchers from the United States were invited to Liepaja, equipped with modern technology that enabled them to locate the mass burial site from 82 years ago. It contained the remains of dozens of Jews who were slain at the hands of the Nazis.

Ilana Ivanova, a representative of the Jewish community in Liepaja, said that modern technologies often help bridge historical gaps. Ivanova noted that the burial site is situated within Liepaja’s industrial zone, currently leased by a Lithuanian fish processing company looking to expand its operations in Latvia.

Guntars Ansinš, the Mayor of Liepaja City Council, acknowledged that discussions are ongoing in the municipal council to determine how to address this situation. He emphasized the need to find an appropriate solution.


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