This post should have been up yesterday, but I was out of town for most of the day and returned with a splitting headache, so I hope you’ll accept the post today instead.
On July 4, 1941, numerous synagogues across Latvia were burned to the ground, some of them with people inside. One of the most prominent of these was the Great Choral Synagogue on Gogol street in RÄ«ga. It was burned with 300 Jews inside. It is at the remains of this synagogue that this memorial can be found.
Memorial stone at ruins of the Great Choral Synagogue, Gogol street, RÄ«ga, Latvia. Photo taken by the author, July 2, 2010.
It is because of the destruction on this day that July 4 is designated as the Day of Remembrance in Latvia for Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
I took more photos of the area, of what is left of the synagogue, and of the monument to the Latvian Righteous Among the Nations nearby, let me know in comments if you would like me to post more.