Riga

Žanis Lipke Memorial Museum

  Mazais Balasta dambis 8      (+371) 67 20 25 39     more than a year ago

This modern, interactive museum designed by a prominent local architect tells the little-known tale of Žanis Lipke and the network of roughly 25 people that created an ‘underground railroad’ of sorts to save Jews from the Nazis during the German occupation of Latvia. Not only did he hide people in a bunker on his own land that now hosts this museum, but he and his colleagues also helped Jews to escape local ghettoes and then transported them to safe houses around the country. Although Mr. Lipke and his wife Johanna survived this noble undertaking, other members of the underground were caught and killed. A free audio guide will help you navigate the half light of the museum, which is left intentionally dark to mimic the conditions endured by families hiding in bunkers and warehouses.

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Open 12:00-18:00, Thu 12:00-20:00. Closed Mon, Sun.

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Admission: donations.

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