THE UNFORGOTTEN SONG by Ella Pellegrini. LUDZA was known as the “Jerusalem of Latvia”. Once a thriving Jewish community of more than 3,000 people, it was ravaged first by a great fire in 1928, and then by the German occupation. On one day alone in 1941 more than 800 Jews were murdered at Lake Zorba outside the town. Most of the other residents were killed as the war continued and the survivors fled to Israel when they could. Today, just 15 Jewish residents are left in this former Judaistic capital. Ella Pellegrini discovered the last members of this dying community, and was greeted with open arms. Her photographs tell their story.
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