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Exhibition in Hamburg City Hall: "Death is always among us".

The enclosure of the Riga ghetto at Lāčplēša iela 161-163, October 1941. By 25 October 1941, over 30,000 Jews from Riga had been forced to move to a ghetto in the city.

From 13 January to 8 February 2023 we will be showcasing the exhibition "Death is alawys among us." The Deportations to Riga and the Holocaust in German-Occupied Latvia at Hamburg City Hall.

Riga was the centre of Jewish life in Latvia. With the invasion of German troops in July 1941, the city became a destination for deportations and the scene of Nazi extermination policies. Members of the SS, police and Wehrmacht as well as local auxiliary troops murdered almost all Latvian Jews and those deported to Riga from Germany, Vienna, Prague and Brno. Among the deportees were also 753 people from Hamburg. The Hannoverscher Bahnhof railway station was the starting point, but also a stopover for deportations from Northern Germany to Riga.

The few survivors rarely returned to their home countries. For the most part, they fought in vain for justice. Likewise, there was no comprehensive judicial examination of the crimes. Two of the most extensive trials on the German crimes in Riga took place in the 1950s and 1970s before the Hamburg Regional Court.

Today, the Hannoversche Bahnhof in Hamburg is an important place of remembrance of the deportations to Riga. The exhibition aims to contribute to anchoring the deportations to Riga and the National Socialist murder in the public memory of Germany as well as Latvia.

The exhibition of the Foundation of Hamburg Memorials and Places of Learning Centres, funded by the Federal Foreign Office and implemented with the support of the Hamburg Parliament, will be shown in the Hamburg City Hall from 13 January to 8 February 2023. There is a detailed accompanying programme to the exhibition.

Flyer to the accompanying programme

Opening Hours of the exhibition: Monday to Friday 7 am to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
Visitor services and catalogue sales: Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 2 pm 

Location: Hamburger Rathaus, Diele, Rathausmarkt 1, 20095 Hamburg

Exhibition board with title of the exhibition
The exhibition "Death is always among us" is shown in the Hamburg City Hall
Fred Leser in front of the exhibition board that tells his story