So all forests aren't like this,
I stand and shriek in Rumbula -
A green crater in a midst of grainfields.
On two days of November and December 1941 27,800 Jews from the ghetto in Riga were brought to Rumbula Forest and shot. Only three people survived.
In the mid-1960s local activists erected the first monument on the site. It was the only memorial to Jewish victims of the Nazis anywhere in the USSR.