On June 14, 1941, prior to the German entry into Sabile, the Soviet Union deported massive numbers of Latvian citizens to Siberia. In Sabile, this only affected a handful of property owners.
In July, 1941, the Germans entered the area. On August 4th, all of Sabile’s Jewish families – 240 people – were imprisoned in a building near the Abava river. On August 6, 1941, the entire community was taken to the forest and shot, buried in a mass grave near Svente. In 1985, the memorial below was erected in that location.
- Database of June 14, 1941 deportations
- Jews of Latvia: A Project. Names and Fates 1941-1945. This massive project to document Latvian victims of the Holocaust is now searchable by surname.
- Pinkas Hakehillot: Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities, Latvia and Estonia, by Dov Levin, “Sabile“
- Sabile – Holocaust Memorial Places in Latvia, University of Latvia Judaica Study Center
- Yad Vashem