3rd International Conference of the Holocaust Museums and Memorial Places in Post-Communist Countries

From May 18 till 19, 2015 Riga (Latvia) will host 3rd International Conference of the Holocaust Museums and Memorial Places in Post-Communist Countries. The event in organized by the Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust museum in partnership with Association “Shamir”, Riga, Latvia. The registration process is started. Please send your contact information along with annotation (max. 200 words) to project@shamir.lv. (More)

Max Kaufmann Churbn Lettland. Extermination of Jews in Latvia

 Happy to inform that the significant book by Max Kaufmann “Churbn Lettland. Extermination of Jews in Latvia” was issued in the Latvian language with comments by Dr. Hist. Gr. Smirin and annotation by Prof. Andrew Ezergailis. The book is available in Riga Ghetto museum (Riga, Maskavas str. 14a) or ordered by email project@shamir.lv (More)


The work over three is coming to its end. This Tree of Hope completely fits into the Riga Ghetto Museum conception and environment. Leaves of the tree will be made from bronze, which will be engraved with the names of rescuers. Leaves without names - for rescuers, whose names are unknown. The author is a young but ambitious and talanted sculptor Egdars Kvjakovski. Each one can take part in this project by making donation to bank account, via Paypal, or by sending SMS: PAY X RGM, where X - is donation amount. Let\'s save together the memory of those who saved Jews during World War II.  (More)


EACH SUNDAY CHILDREN DRAW WITH JEKATERINA BELAJEVA (STUDIO PERSPEKTIVART). Art studio is aimed to teach children art language, to raise educated and sensitive personalities. Children try different techniques and methodes, use clay, paints, paper and other materials. Teachers of the studio are constantly raising their proficiency. Pupils of studio participate in different contests as within Latvia as abroad. Each Sunday from 13:30 till 14:30 we have a free Jewish lesson, where children create Hebrew letters from different materials! Please see the shedule here: http://www.perspektivart.lv/index.php/ru/schedule#date=2014-10-27, оr phone Jekaterina + 371 29100825 (More)

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS - a record number of visitors to the Museum in August 2014!

 And for first half a year 2014 we were visited by more people than in all of 2013! (More)


We hooked up SMS donation service for our Museum! Everyone who has an account with Mobility.lv (in other words, everyone who pays for parking with sms) can now help the museum just by sending the following code to the number 1859: PAY X RGM, where X - is the amount of the donation. For example, to donate 10 euros, you need to send a message: PAY 10 RGM. Your donations will secure our development. We can implement various projects with your help - starting with art studio and Memorial to those, who saved Jews during WWII till reconstruction of the building of Riga Ghetto museum. Our organizations have charity status. (More)


New calendar 5575 - already in stock and ready for sale at Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust museum! Price - 5 euro, if order more then 20 - we will do discount for you! calendar is in three languages - we do delivery outside Latvia! Please find below the link to the e-calendar 5775: http://www.dmag.co.il/pub/shamir/calendar5775/index.html#1 (More)

Photos from the Festival of Jewish Culture 5775!

Full hall of the Latvian National Opera - more than 1,000 people! And here you are the long-awaited photos for those who were not at the concert and for those who have been - find yourself! All photos are available here: https://www.facebook.com/samir.latvija/media_set?set=a.356009957881970.1073741833.100004189062438&type=1  (More)

Help is appreciated!

Yesterday the strong wind has blew a part of the roof over the museum (N number of tonnes !!) Thanks G-d no lives were lost! As a result rain began fill the children\'s art studio and storage with our published books. Firefighters arrived and took away the rest of the hanging roof and workers have worked half of night to pull the film over , but this solution is 1 - 2 days max. We appeal to each organization or person who has a possible to help the museum: we have a status „sabiedriska labuma”, which means if you donate money for roof restoration then the same amount will be deducted from the company’s taxes! (for LV registered companies only)  (More)


There is always harmony in life and when something bad happens something good happens too. During these days and trying to eliminate the effects of strong wind in our museum we have something speacial - 30 000th VISITOR OF OUR MUSEUM! Not even one, but two visitiors - Daniel Conway and his 10 years old daughter Celia Conway from Manchester, England! They have planned their visit to Riga and to our museu as their grandmother was born in Riga and left it back in 1890 and had moved to England.Our visitors has received our published book as a gift and a certificate in their names about the tree in the Hills of Jerusalem. (More)

Making an exhibition „Forgotten soldiers - Jews in the Latvian Army 1918 – 1940”

In cooperation with the association „Shamir” and the Baltic International Tolerance Centre, Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum is working on an exhibition, which will be dedicated to Jewish soldiers in the Latvian army. We sincerely invite all those whose Jewish relatives served in the Latvian army and participated in the Latvian War of Independence, to send in photographs with these persons (with some information about the person in the photo). All the photographs sent in will be included in the exhibition “Forgotten soldiers - Jews in the Latvian army 1918 – 1940”. Please, submit the photos or their copies at the Riga Ghetto museum in person (Maskavas str. 14a) or send by e-mail: project@shamir.lv. For further information: + 371-67791783. (More)
Photos of the museum

 Photos of the Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust museum by the visitor Julia Reider in summer 2013.  (More)
Books by Rabbi Nathan Barkan

At the day of 10th death anniversary of Chief Rabbi of Riga and Latvia Rabbi Nathan Barkan we are publishing two books of him Just Look and remember un Selflessness. (More)
Jewish Riga in watercolours

 Our gift for The Independence Day of Latvia - exhibition "Jewish Riga" by Jekaterina Beljaeva, an artist and art-teacher, the founder of art-studio Perspektivart. The exhibition is open to public at the Riga Ghetto Museum, Maskavas 14a. Entrance is free. (More)
Memorial day of Jewish children was held

On October 22, 2013 for the forth time in Riga was held memorial day for the children who died during the Holocaust. This time the memorial event was held in the territory of Riga ghetto and Latvian Holocaust museum. All day long 16 000 names of the Holocaust victimes were recitated here. (More)
Jewish New Year 5774

The Jewish New Year 5774 starts on September 4, 2013 at sunset. This is not the ordinary calendar date. We wait for Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) with the hope that all our troubles, sorrows and misfortunes will disappear as if they’d never existed. We hope that in New Year, nothing will darken or sadden our days. (More)
Closing of the „March for Life - 2013”

Memorial event "March for Life" was held in Riga on June 30, 2013 in memory of killed Jews - citizens of Latvia and Europe. This memorial event was held for the fourth time and was attended by over 150 participants. Start was on the Old Jewish cemetery. After that we walked through the Riga Ghetto area to the Great Choral synagogue memorial. (More)
March for Life 2013

Memorial event "March for Life" will take place in Riga on June 30, 2013 in memory of killed Jews - citizens of Latvia and Europe. Start on Old Jewish cemetery, Liksnas Str. 2/4 at 10:45. After that we will walk through the Riga Ghetto area to the Great Choral synagogue memorial. Let\'s save these memories together! (More)
“Teiglah, kreplah, aingemaht. Jewish cuisine recipes”

In June, 2013, association “Shamir” has published one of the most delicious books - “Teiglah, kreplah, aingemaht. Jewish cuisine recipes” in Latvian language. Traditions of Jewish cuisine, laws of kashrut and Jewish cuisine recipes are collected in this book. It will be useful for those who are interested in Jewish traditions and culture and for those who love to cook. This collection of culinary recipes includes all the complex of Jewish cuisine meals: holiday and everyday meals, cold and hot appetizers, soups and main dishes, pastries, desserts and drinks. The most important in this book is that all the recipes allow to cook these meals pursuant to laws of kashrut which are described in the last chapter of the book. We hope that this book will help many Jewish families in Latvia diversify their dishes, make it not only delicious and colorful, but also true in Hebrew. (More)
Closing of the conference

The Second International Conference "Holocaust Museums and Memorial Places in Post-communist Countries: Challenges and Opportunities" took place on May 27-28, 2013 in Riga, Latvian Academy of Sciences. Please see the conference materials: (More)
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