Joseph Berman - A Latvian Jew on the Riga satellite camp Dondangen

Joseph Berman was born into a Jewish family in Latvia in 1925. In 1943, he was deported to Dondangen, a satellite camp some 60 miles distant from the Riga main camp. In this camp, set up in summer 1943, Jewish prisoners had to build an SS training facility, complete with roads, barracks and an airfield. Dondangen was one of several dozen satellite camps established by the SS in 1943–4 in the Baltic region, as the concentration camp system expanded eastwards. Writing in 1949, Berman gives a graphic account of life and death inside Dondangen, which was finally evacuated by the SS in July 1944.

Source: Wiener Library