Tombstone Tuesday – Refugees from Kurzeme

This week’s Tombstone Tuesday is a bit different – this tombstone in Meža kapi (“Forest Cemetery”) in Rīga commemorates thousands of people – in this case, the roughly 3560 World War One refugees from Kurzeme (at the time, western and southern Latvia) who died between 1914 and 1919. I’m not sure if this figure refers to the number of refugees living in Rīga who died during this time, or whether it refers to the deaths among refugees in general who were spread out across northern Latvia, sometimes southern Estonia and at times even into Russia.

Photo taken by me, April 2012. Click to enlarge.

1 comment on this post.
  1. Margret McPharlin:

    Is it possible to find out who is buried in this graveyard Specifically JANIS GRASIS my Gfather or ALISSIA BRUVERIS my gmother?

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