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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.  


The Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia, an IHRA grant recipient, is pleased to announce the launch of the database “Holocaust Memorial Places in Latvia”.


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.

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Austrian and Latvian historians and researchers worked together for some years researching the fate of Austrian Jews who fled the territory of Nazi-occupied Austria between 1938 and 1940 and went to Latvia in search for a safe haven. The Austrian Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the Research of the consequences of the wars and the Occupation Museum in Riga, Latvia, continued their ongoing cooperation in publishing a collection of research results connected to this subject.

Protocol Agreement Signed on Establishment of a Riga Ghetto Museum

On 2nd February 2010 the vice-mayor of Riga, Ainars Shlesers, and Chairman of the Jewish community organization „Shamir", Rabbi Menachem Barkahan, signed a protocol of intentions on the foundation of a Riga Ghetto Museum.