“We did survive it” – The Riga Ghetto


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German Title: “Wir haben es doch erlebt”-Das Ghetto von Riga  (98 Min.) Buch & Regie Jürgen Hobrecht, Produktion und Copyright Phoenix Medienakademie e.V. Berlin 2014

( “The first film worldwide, which speaks about the suffering of the German as well as the Latvian Jews in the Riga Ghetto- and  the persecution of the Jews in Latvia by the Soviets after WWII.”  )

 Winfried Nachtwei, former-MP 

Synopsis

Between November 1941 to October 1942 almost 25,000 Jews from the “Deutsche Reich” (Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia) were deported to Riga. Over 3,000 of them were shot on arrival. The remaining 22,000 were forced to live in cramped, appalling conditions in the “Reichsjudenghetto”.  However, before the “Reichsjuden” were deported to Riga, 27,000 Latvian Jewish inmates of the  Riga ghetto were, over only two days, shot by the Nazis and willing Latvian collaborators,  to make room for the new arrivals. Their brutal murder using the ‘sardine method’ is seen as being one of the worst atrocities of the Holocaust.

Those who survived the ghetto suffered for years after.  Out of the 24,605 ReichsJuden who were deported to Riga between 1941-1942, only 1,073 survived the Riga Ghetto .

In Hobrecht’s new film, German and Latvian survivors speak out for the first time about the massacre against the Latvian Jews, the living conditions in the ghetto and how they survived the trauma.

Outtakes from the English version of the film