Daugavpils Ghetto Following the occupation of Latvia by Nazi Germany in the summer of 1941, the Daugavpils Ghetto (German: Ghetto Dünaburg) was established in an old fortress near Daugavpils.
Daugavpils is the second largest city in Latvia and the principal city of the Latgalia region. It was located in southeastern Latvia on the Daugava River. The city was militarily important as a major road and railway junction.
Before World War II Daugavspils was the center of a thriving Jewish community in the Latgale region and one of the most important centers of Jewish culture in eastern Europe.
Over the course of the German occupation of Latvia the vast majority of the Jews of Latgale were killed as a result of the Nazi extermination policies.