|VALDEMARPILS: Talsi, Kurzeme|
Alternate names: Valdemārpils [Latv, since 1926], Sasmaka [Latv, until 1926], Sassmacken [Ger], Shasmaken [Yid], Sasmaken [Pol], Sasmacken, Saßmacken. 57°22' N, 22°35' E, in NW Latvia, 8 miles N of Talsi. 1900 Jewish population: 899.
Cemetery on Ezera St dates from the 18th century.
planned Holocaust memorial sketch. Very little remains, but a new collumbariam monument from gravestones removed from the cemetery is planned by the Valdemarpils Town Council and Jewish Museum of Latvia. photos of cemetery [March 2009]
A pile of tombstones was at another place in the town. Stolen from the cemetery, sanded down and re-used, a few are left. The site of the mass killing of Valdemarpils Jews, those who were "able to work", on August 7, 1941 is rather far into the woods and marked by a rectangle of evergreen trees, but no stone. The site was marked with the trees shortly after the war. Those that were able to work were forced to dig peat for fuel for a month before they were killed. Others were killed in July at another location. See burial list All Latvia Cemetery List [March 2009]
|Last Updated on Friday, 28 January 2011 20:54|