Bikernieki Memorial, Riga

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Bikernieki Memorial is a war memorial to The Holocaust victims of World War II in Bikernieki forest, near Riga, Latvia. Bikernieki forest is the biggest mass murder site during The Holocaust in Latvia with two memorial territories spanning over 80000m2 with 55 marked burial sites with around 20,000 victims still buried in total.
The memorial was initially planned and construction started in 1986, but was delayed after Latvia declared independence in 1991. The construction was revived in 2000 by German War Graves Commission with the help of local Latvian organisations and several German cities. It was financed mostly by German government and organisations, Austrian State Fund, and involved city donations. It was designed by Sergey Rizh and opened on November 30, 2001.
The architect of the memorial is Sergey Rizh, who worked for 15 years on the design of the memorial, saying it was "his human obligation" to devote his career to this. The memorial is located in the Bikernieki forest, next to the Bikernieku Street passing through the forest. There are two memorial territories – 6550and wide on both sides from the road. In addition to smaller forest pathways, there are two roads leading to the memorial's central square – a historic road used to bring the victims and the main central road paved with concrete slabs and marked with a concrete arc exiting to Bikernieku Street.
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  • This memorial is fittingly somber and thought provoking. Each grouping of stones depicted the cities where the murdered Jews and others were transported from. A stark effect with the silence of the.....  more »
  • Walking from the main road you just see the white arches. Only when crossing a hump in the ground do you see it. Hundreds of memorial stones, arranged according to the different towns across Germany.....  more »
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  • We visited it with the kids and it was a great way to teach them about this dark part of history.
  • My visit was very sobering. To see the result of the depths of evil that humanity can achieve. It is such a dark era of our past. I encourage all who are in the area to visit. There is such a contrast depicted here - the contrast between the beauty of God's creation of nature exhibited in the forest and the dark and ugly result of evil depicted by the many stones representing the senseless death of so many. A must visit!

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