In 1803 one of the first Jewish Cemeteries in Liepaja was established within the port area.

One of the first Jewish cemeteries in Liepaja was opened in 1803 in the port area at 5/7/9 Kalpaka St. The modern Jewish cemetery at 20 Cenkones St was registered by the government only in 1867, although burials took place here much earlier. This part of the city occupied 11 acres of land and was mentioned as early as 1411 as the Bārenbuš property inherited by the sons of Laurecius Grot. In 1741 this part of the cemetery is mentioned in the chronicles of St. Anne’s Church as a private cemetery, which was proposed for Jewish burials in the early 18th century.

The Cemetery was first called the “Livas” Cemetery in 1940 and today, including the Jewish section, it covers an area of 5.5 hectares

Cemetery records contain registers going back to 22 September 1889. 

A significant part of the people who were buried in the Jewish part of the the  Līvas cemetery before 1945 have no descendants, because almost all Jews in Liepaja were killed during the Holocaust.

MEMORIAL SITES IN THE JEWISH CEMETERY

1. Memorial wall with names of victims of totalitarian regymes. Dedicates on 9 June, 2004.

2. Memorial to Liepāja Jews killed during WWII. Dedicated in 1993.

3. Memorial steles dedicated to Jewish soldiers of tWWII. (in two places)

4. Monument to Jewish soldiers-fighters for Latvia’s independence in 1918-1919. g. g.