Documenting the Holocaust: A Portrait of the Destroyed Jewish Community

Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia
Project Partner
Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews in Israel
Participating Organizations
Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia (Latvia)
Embassy of Israel in Riga (Latvia)
Jewish Survivors of Latvia, Inc. (United States of America)
Museum “Jews in Latvia” (Latvia)
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum (United States of America)

By digitizing and integrating portrait photos and transcribed personal details of Jews from their pre-war passports in the database “Jews of Latvia: Names and Fates 1941-1945”, the Center for Judaic Studies in Latvia would like to keep the memory of the victims alive and contribute to a more complete historical record. In order to make these sources accessible, a comprehensive survey of the pre-war passport collections will be made within Latvian State Historical Archives’ fonds. The Center for Judaic Studies in Latvia believes that demonstrating the vibrant prewar Jewish community through photos and expressing that Jews should not be encountered “only” as victims but under consideration of their lives before their murder, will help to promote Holocaust education and commemoration.

The work began in 2019, with the surveying and digitizing Jewish passport photos from the Riga Prefecture Passport Files Collection, and is ongoing.

Beneficiary countries
United States