Viktors Arajs

Viktors Arājs (born 13 from January of 1910 in Baldone , Latvia , killed on 13 of January of 1988 in Kassel , Germany ) was a militiaman Latvian , trained by the SD German, becoming namedSturmbannführer of the SS in 1943.

During World War II Arājs directed the famous Sonderkommando Arājs , who worked in collaboration with German Einsatzgruppe A and the Schupo , sending thousands of Latvian Jews to death . Arājs played a major role in the Liepāja massacre in mid-December 1941. Sonderkommando Arājs killed about half of Latvian Jews 1

In 1979, Arājs was sentenced to life imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity in particular, for the massacres of Rumbula and the Riga Ghetto .


  1. Back to top↑ Klee, Ernst (2008). Das Personenlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945? . Frankfurt am Main: Edition Kramer. ISBN  978-3-9811483-4-3 .