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Ruth Kurtz made a "roots" visit to Kraslava June 28, 2010.
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Ruth Kurtz in front of Kraslava
"This is the sign as you enter the town. I only had about two hours in Kraslava, but I was able to take a few pictures."
House in Kraslava
"Our guide told us these old buildings had been Jewish homes before the Holocaust."

House in Kraslava
"I had two addresses but the streets have been renamed and numbered so we weren't able to find them. I should have written to the town hall/ mayor asking what my addresses had been renamed/numbered to."
House in Kraslava
"I think, but have no definitive proof, that one house picture might be the house where my family lived in 1935. The others, I don't know."
Synagogue building in Kraslava
"The red brick building is (was) a synagogue. I found a picture of what I think is the same building 100 years ago. It was used as a warehouse and now looks abandoned."
Street leading to synagogue
"The synagogue, the red brick building, was at the 'end of the block'."
Holocaust memorial
"The sign marks the spot where the Jews were murdered by  the Nazis. It is right there by the houses."
Kraslava Jewish Cemetery
"The cemetery is very large, has many tombstones. A valuable project for everyone interested in or researching Jewish people who lived in Kraslava would  be to hire people to clean up the overgrown vegetation and take pictures of the stones. There are many hidden by the grass."
Kraslava Jewish cemetery
"Our guide  showed me what could be done to take the mold off of the stones so they could be read. It  was amazing. There are no vital records for Kraslava so the cemetery stones our one of the few sources of potential information."
Holocaust memorial at cemetery
"This monument is in the cemetery. It reads something about Jewish people murdered by Nazi's on the River bank. Our guide wasn't too sure about all of the words. He spoke, Hebrew, Jewish, Lithuanian and Russian and said that this was Latvian."

Copyright © 2010 Mark Heckman
Photos copyright © 2010 Ruth Kurtz

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