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Liepaja Jewish Heritage Foundation

The main objective of the Liepaja Jewish Heritage Foundation, established in 2004, is to study, preserve and draw public attention to both the pre-war history of the Liepaja Jewish Community and the tragedy which befell it during the Holocaust. Throughout the years of its activity, the Foundation has organised and participated in a large number of projects in the field of culture, education, and social activities. The Foundation regularly publishes research papers.

In 2005, through the efforts of the Liepaja Jewish Heritage Foundation in Skede, the Kadish memorial complex was opened at the place of the mass extermination of the Jews in December 1941. The memorial is a horizontal Menorah built of chipped field stones from Kurzeme. The fire is represented by seven large granite stelae, with Hebrew sayings from the Torah.

The foundation regularly organises the ‘Reunion of Liepaja Jewry’; which brings together survivors of the Holocaust from all over the world.

Projects supported by Uniting History Foundation

  • Construction of the Alley of the Righteous Among the Nations in Skede.
  • Installation of a memorial sign at the location of the former Great Choral Synagogue.
  • Improvement of the Jewish cemetery in Liepaja.
  • Restoration and grand opening of the monument to the Jewish soldiers who died at Liepaja during the Latvian War of Independence in 1919.
  • Publication of a booklet on the history of the monument to the Jewish soldiers who died at Liepaja during the Latvian War of Independence in 1919.
  • Translation and publication of The Death of the Jews by the French historian N. Fresco, into the Russian and Latvian languages.
  • Translation and publication of the memoirs of F. Pavlova, a prisoner of both the ghetto and concentration camps, into the Russian, Latvian, and English languages.
  • Translation from English and publication of the memoirs of Liepaja Jewish Holocaust survivors; A City Called Libau.
  • Publication of a photo-book of pre-war Liepaja views into the Latvian, Russian, English and German languages.

Other Historical & Educational Projects