During the occupation of Latvia by Nazi Germany (1941 – 1944), thousands of Jews were persecuted by the regime. Despite the danger, there were fellow Latvian citizens who risked their lives and stood up against the Nazis, in an attempt to save persecuted Jews.
Žanis Lipke, a working class Latvian, rescued more than 50 Jews. He arranged several hiding places, and one of them was a bunker built under the woodshed in the garden by Lipke’s family house. The Memorial building is located next to the bunker. The ascetic windowless building of dark grey wood resembles an overturned boat resting ashore as well as the Noah's Ark or a shed that used to be common on Ķīpsala, an island once inhabited by fishermen. The architectural design and materials applied are intended to enhance the emotional experience of the visitor.
The Memorial is a creative and innovative place. Its goal is to share the stories of courage and humanity as the unifying values for the mankind. The efforts of Žanis Lipke, his family, friends and other people who helped those who suffered under the Nazi occupation regime in Latvia remind us of the unforgettable impact one human being can make in this world.
The Memorial is a private museum, built thanks to the selfless help of many people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who donated materials, funds, their work, and time. The building was completed and opened to the public in 2012.
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The App is designed to assist you during your visit to the Memorial, offering automatic audio-guides through the iBeacon technology to lead you through the exhibit.