During the German occupation of Latvia in 1941 the Jewish citizens of the town of Liepaja were ordered to stay indoors for the next two days.
During this time around 2,700 Jews were forced into trucks and transported to the nearby village of SKEDE where they were all shot by members of the German Einsatzkammando No 2. The perpetrators were assisted by the local Latvian militia.
German sources state that the shootings took place to "clean Eastern European territories as completely of Jews as possible". It has been established that a total of 2,731 Jews and 23 communists from Liepaja were murdered at Skede.