The Jewish History of Latvia
Tue 20. Oct | Kl 18:00
On the 20th of October the Jewish Museum of Oslo will host museum director Victoria Shaldova. She will give the lecture “The Jewish History of Latvia”.
From the 18th century until the Second World War, the Jewish religious and cultural life of Latvia bloomed. The first secular Jewish school in the Russian Empire was opened in Riga.
Before WWII there were about 100,000 Jews in Latvia. The busy Jewish life of the country abruptly stopped with the Shoah; almost the entire Jewish population was exterminated.
Several of the Jewish families who immigrated to Norway, had their roots in Latvia.
Today there is a new generation yearning to learn more about their Jewish roots. In 2011, there were more than 6000 Jews in Latvia. In Riga there is an active synagogue.
Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum works towards providing knowledge about and bringing forward the Jewish history of Latvia.
The lecture will be given in English.
The project “Jews of Norway and Latvia. Unexpected crossings” is financed by EEA funds from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.