Missing Identity

 9th of September 2pm in Riga Ghetto Museum planned opening of installations and sculptures exhibition "Missing Identity" by Silvia Levenson.  (More)

Roof restoration in Riga Ghetto museum

 Students of Robert Mayer Schule with their teacher Daniel Wagner came to Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust museum on Sunday, July 26, 2015 to repair the roof. It is a charity project of the school and we are happy to be a part of it. (More)

March for Life 2015

 Annual March for Life in memory of the Holocaust victims takes place on July 03, 2015 at 10:00 at Old Jewish cemetery (Riga, Liksnas 2/4, crossing of Lomonosova and Liksnas str). Let\'s save memory together! Come and commemorate! (More)

Exhibition East of Auschwitz. Holocaust in East Central Europe

 Unique exhibition "East of Auschwitz. Holocaust in East Central Europe" by Harrie Teunissen (The Netherlands) in Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust museum until September 2015. Rare maps made by SS and Wermacht in appropriate historical context. It\'s worth seeing. (More)

Exhibition of Latvian artist Joseph Kuzkovski

Exhibition by Latvian artist Joseph Kuzkovski is open to public in Riga Ghetto museum (Maskavas 14a, Riga) on May 26 - June 29, 2015. Joseph Kuzkovski was an outstanding Latvian artist as well as dissenter and member of Jewish underground movement during Soviet period of Latvian history. His paintings reflect tragic fate of Jewish people in 20th century. Joseph Kuzkovsky (Born Belarus, Mogilev, 1902; died Tel-Aviv, 04.01. 1970.), a painter, film designer and graphic artist. Attended cheder. For a short time, he was working as a painter in the studio of shop signs. Participated in the First World War. Volunteered for the Red Army in 1918.  After the demobilization, he lived in Kiev. In 1927, he took classes in the painting workshop of famous painter Ash, in 1927 graduated Kiev State Art Institute, from 1929 to 1939 he worked at the Dovzhenko Film Studio in Kiev.  In 1938, he created the first well-known paintings such as "Meeting with the Jewish agronomist of the Jewish collective farm", "Competition on the farm." This picture, as well as the others, were exhibited at the Kiev House of Arts at the personal exhibition in 1941. All the pictures from the exhibition burned out during the shelling of Kiev in 1941. He evacuated to Uzbekistan in 1941. Personal exhibition at the Art Museum of Fergana in 1943, presented such works as “A good news", "The teahouse" ("Chaikhana keeper"), "Singing with a plates," "Shahimardan", "A beggars," "Partisans", "Farhadstroy”, also portraits and drawings. He held personal art exhibition on military issues in Tashkent in 1945: there was the work "Listening to the radio" among the paintings. This painting was dedicated to the decisive battles of Moscow and Stalingrad. In addition, he was painting a picture related to the tragedy of the Jewish nation: "Action" - "If I forget it" - "Babi Yar" - "The last path" - "In Memory of the Victims of Fascism." (These are the names of the same picture), "The execution by shooting". Moved to Riga in 1945, where he finished his painting "Babi Yar". He created colorful mural "With the victory" in Riga. In 1950 he draws a "Spring winds", 1951 - "A Hero of our Time", 1953 – "An old fortification", 1954 - "Sevastopol Stories", 1956 - "Labor tribe", 1958 - "The Road to Calvary", 1959 - "Taman campaign," 1960. - "The Story of a real Man" 1962-1963 - "Born by storm", 1967-1968 - “The heartland", 1968-1969 - "A Blue Notebook," 1969 - "A son of the regiment." In a period of 60s, he joined to the struggle with the Soviet authorities for the right to perpetuate the memory of those who were killed at the Rumbula forest. In 1964, Latvian State Museum of Art held the first major solo exhibition of paintings by J. Kuzkovski in Latvia with paintings "The last path", "An old house".  "We will live” was painted in 1965, after visiting Fort IX Kaunas . In 1965 - exhibition in Jekabpils, but in Daugavpils - in 1966, presenting portraits of Jeanne and Johanna Lipke, "Shulamith". In 1967 an exhibition took place in Culture Palace "WEF". Kuzkovski created the painting  "Transistor" (linocut), "David and Goliath" (pastel), "Stepmom" in 1967.  He dedicated linocuts "We will live", "Hava Nagila" to the Jewish theme (the last mentioned one is kept in the museum "Jews in Daugavpils and Latgale." The artist has presented these work to  Z. Yakub). Another exhibition took place at the Riga Officers House in 1969.  At the end of 1969, he immigrated to Israel, where he created the pastel "Simchat Torah in Kfar Chabad," popular poster "Let my people go," and painting "The last path", which is located in Knesset. He also painted portraits and posters. (More)

Exhibition of Dagmar Calais in Riga Ghetto museum

You are kindly welcome to attend the opening of the exhibition of German artist Dagmar Calais in Riga Ghetto museum on may 14, 2015 at 14:00. With the work, produced for the exhibition in Riga, Dagmar Calais abstains from a facile presentation of the paintings on a wall. Instead, numerous portraits, painted on small canvases, are laying on a bed of dried leaves, arranged asymmetrically on the floor. The foliage, as well as the portraits, are intended to visualize the mass graves of Bikernieki and Rumbula. Additionally, the naturalistic concept of the portraits reminds us that the victims were once personalities, in the midst of life. (More)

Vote for Riga Ghetto museum at Webby Awards

The International Academy of Digital Arts & Science nominated the recently-relaunched Riga Ghetto & Latvian Holocaust Museum Website for a Webby Award in the category of Websites: Cultural Institutions. The Webby Awards is the Internet\'s most respected symbol of success, drawing nearly 13,000 entries from more than 60 countries worldwide this year. Created by Olson in Minneapolis, this new website features survivor stories along with an interactive tour of the Riga Ghetto. This digital experience allowed anyone in the world to literally walk the sixteen blocks of the Riga Ghetto and experience more stories from the time. In a statement Olson’s Chief Creative Officer, Dennis Ryan said:  “The Webby Award Nomination is a huge honor, because it promotes the Riga Ghetto Museum’s message of tolerance on a truly global stage.” (More)

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)

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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