Bikernieki Memorial

Riga, Latvia

Bikernieki Memorial is a war memorial to The Holocaust victims of World War II in Bikernieki forest, near Riga. Bikernieki forest is the biggest mass murder site during The Holocaust in Latvia with two memorial territories spanning over 80,000 square metres with 55 marked burial sites with around 20,000 victims still buried in total.

The memorial was initially planned and construction started in 1986, but was delayed after Latvia declared independence in 1991. The construction was revived in 2000 by German War Graves Commission with the help of local Latvian organisations and several German cities. It was financed mostly by German government and organisations, Austrian State Fund, and involved city donations. It was designed by Sergey Rizh and opened on November 30, 2001.

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Ķeguma iela 57, Riga, Latvia
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Founded: 2001
Category: Statues in Latvia
Historical period: New Independency (Latvia)

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Kinga Muszik (9 months ago)
To remember: this should never happen again.
Jelena Petruni (9 months ago)
One of the largest and most sobering memorials.
Renārs Krīgers (10 months ago)
Remember the history!
Laurent Lacroix (2 years ago)
We visited it with the kids and it was a great way to teach them about this dark part of history.
MerkkiA (2 years ago)
My visit was very sobering. To see the result of the depths of evil that humanity can achieve. It is such a dark era of our past. I encourage all who are in the area to visit. There is such a contrast depicted here - the contrast between the beauty of God's creation of nature exhibited in the forest and the dark and ugly result of evil depicted by the many stones representing the senseless death of so many. A must visit!
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