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Dvinsk (Dünaburg, Daugavpils) Ghetto

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  • Chaya Mayerova (b. - 1942)
    Chaya Mayerova, fourty eight year old Jewess, was arrested and shot on 19 February 1942 for giving a non Jewish worked in her camp a piece of cloth in exchange for a two kilogramme bag of flour. The ...
  • Maja Zarch (1929 - d.)
    Maja Zarch was the youngest survivor of the Dvinsk ghetto. His thirteenth birthday was on the day of the May action in Dvinsk. He was to be the youngest survivor. Source The Holocaust - Martin Gilb...

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.

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