Saving My Family History and Remembering the Holocaust: The Tale of a Synagogue Email Print

By mole333
01/13/2006 09:02:51 AM EST
Keywords: Jewish Diaspora, Holocaust, genealogy, Latvia, synagogue
What follows is a very personal account of a non-political project I have been working on. It began as a quest I started some three years ago, delving into my genealogy and finally actually visiting the town in Latvia where one branch of my ancestry came from. What I found there was a Jewish population that had almost been wiped out by the Nazis and that may yet die out, fulfilling, in part, Hitler’s dream of eliminating Jews from Europe. There is one surviving synagogue in that town, though it is now a condemned building. That building has stood through 160 years of weddings and pogroms, hope and the Holocaust. MORE.