“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
On 4 July, 2017, the official ceremony commemorating the Holocaust victims in Latvia was opened by the Speaker of Parliament, Ināra Mūrniece, in presence of the Prime Minister of Latvia Māris Kučinskis, Members of Government, Chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities Arkady Suharenko along with representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, the Holocaust survivors, representatives of the Association of German cities “Riga Committee”, schoolteachers (participants of the Holocaust seminar) and wider public.
On 30 July the President of the Republic of Latvia Andris Bērziņš and President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres opened a memorial to one of Latvia’s most notable rescuers of Jews during World War II, Žanis Lipke.
Andris Razāns (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) – Head of Delegation
Einārs Miķelsons (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) – Deputy Head of Delegation, Communication Working Group
Olita Arkle (Ministry of Education and Science) – Education Working Group
Jānis Asaris (State Inspectorate for the Protection of Cultural Heritage) – Museums and Memorials Working Group
Daina Ratniece (Ministry of Culture) - Museums and Memorials Working Group