During Second World War not only military structures were built. Unfortunately, everyone knows too well the story of the many concentration camps throughout Europe under the Nazi regime. Salaspils in one of those places.
The Salaspils concentration camp, built by the Nazis, was located a few kilometres outside the Latvian capital, Riga. Officially, it was only a detention camp for Latvians, but Jews who had been deported directly from Germany and the occupied countries were also sent there, and it functioned an extermination camp where nearly 3,000 people died. In 1967 it became a memorial – one of the first and the largest of its kind in Europe. The allegorical monument consists of a long wall of exposed concrete and seven monumental sculptures, also made of concrete, representing: the Mother, the Unbroken, the Infamous, Protest, Red Front and Solidarity. To access the enclosure where the sculptures are located, which is also a cemetery, you cross the narrow space left open under the wall: it is slightly suspended in the air, supported only at its ends.