The Liepāja ghetto was set up in May 1942, eight months earlier than in Riga and Daugavpils due to the fact that there was no specifically Jewish quarter that could serve as a basis for the ghetto.

In order to concentrate Jews in one area, the Nazi leadership decided to commandeer 13 residential buildings and outbuildings to accommodate about 820 Jews living in Liepaja. The ghetto confines were drawn along Dārza, Apšu, Kungu and Bāriņu streets.

Above is a rough plan drawn by a survivor of the Liepāja ghetto, Solomon Feigerson. The sketch clearly differentiates between living and other quarters. Setting up the ghetto was made more complicated due to a lack of housing during the war and the difficulties in resettling the district’s original residents. The ghetto was cleared on October 8 1942, when the remaining inhabitants were taken to the Kaiserwald concentration camp in Riga.

Liepāja (old Libau) Ghetto drawing made by the Survivor Solomon Feigerson

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