Michael Tal, curator with the Jerusalem-based Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum, joined Estonian officials at a ceremony Thursday on the site of the Klooga forced labor camp in northern Estonia. On Sept. 19, 1944, with advancing Soviet forces drawing near, Nazi troops rushed to evacuate the camp and a special Waffen-SS commando shot the Jews in a single day. Their corpses were burnt in the surrounding woods.
Most of the victims were Jews from Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania. Klooga was one of the first Nazi concentration camps revealed to the outside world, in October 1944.