Zanis Lipke Memorial
Zanis Lipke Memorial
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Richard H
Liverpool, UK205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Solo
Zanis Lipke was a ordinary docker who, and let's not mince words, didn't always operate within the law. He was married at 20. His daughter became a convinced Communist and left for Russia before the Nazi invasion of 1941, and one of his sons was later conscripted to fight for the Third Reich. During the Nazi occupation, with no thought of personal gain and an immense risk to all he valued most, Zanis (with the help of his family and friends) managed to save about fifty Jews from the Holocaust. This Memorial is build around the reconstructed pit under the shed in which people were hidden and saved. There is an excellent audio guide, exhibits and a evocative musical accompaniment. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. The Memorial is not the easiest to find but it is really, really worth the effort. Unforgettable.
Written 12 September 2014
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Oleksii Omelch
Guildford, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
One of the best museums i have visited. Important topic raised. Greatly presented. Was empty, people need to see places like this!
Written 9 September 2019
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Katrin T
Tallinn, Estonia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
The story of Zanis Lipke is as exciting and sharp as the stories of Raoul Wallenberg and Oskar Schindler, it has just a smaller scale. But for a simple worker it is huge. The entrance to the memorial is stunning. You are in an authentic environment, a small fishing village (in the middle of Riga), then a gate opens and a passage leads you to something strange, unsuitable. The whole architecture -- the straight corridor, the darkness, the vague lights, the cold, the smell of tar, the concrete combined with dark wood -- has an alienating effect on you. A friendly person meets you and gives you headphones. The stories you hear tell you that there is a way out, and the smell of tar has started to give you a warm and secure feeling. Once you have reached the back door, you are in a tiny garden. It is the first time you actually see the building and now you realise what it was -- a Noah boat upside down, smelling tar, which has taken you out of the danger.
Written 14 August 2019
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Dr jv
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Overlooked story of the Holocaust int he Riga area is told through stunning installation.Not enough people -- including most Latvians I spoke with -- know about this Memorial. Having worked in and/or visited literally dozens of Holocaust memorials, this one of the tops.
Written 4 June 2019
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Brian B
redditch78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
One of our best experiences in Riga. Cross the cable bridge to the island, turn right under the underpass, walk along the river and you will eventually see signs.
Written 17 September 2017
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kristgard
Porsgrunn, Norway22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2017
Hidden away, this museum is one of Rigas best! Definitely worth the walk over the bridge from the old town. The museum tells the interesting story of Lipke and his family, and how they saved several jews during WW2. The whole setting of the museum is so special, one cannot leave without being touched by the story that is told.
Written 4 June 2017
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njgramps
NJ308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2016 • Couples
Our private tour guide took us here after some gentle prodding and we were very grateful. This is one of the few memorials/museums dedicated to a righteous gentile who saved Jews from the hands of the evil Nazis in WW II. Zanis, his wife and several others hid 55 people in a bunker dug by hand underneath a shed. The actual shed is next to the memorial. The museum itself is haunting and allows the visitor to feel the emotions of being kept in such a place. There are several important artifacts, photos and letters displayed. The video of Lipke's wife is riveting.
Don't miss a chance to learn about this heroic man and wife who acted for good in an era of widespread evil. Try to have a personal tour with a docent.
Written 13 July 2016
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MoscowLinda
Barcelona, Spain260 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2016 • Couples
This museum is on a small island across from old town. Zanis Lipke was a doctor that risked his life to save and shelter Jews during the occupation of Latvia by the Germans. It is located near the Island Hotel, behind the swimming hall. Look for white painted signs on the street and also at eye level.
Written 12 June 2016
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JanKF
Boston, MA72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
We arranged a private tour for six of us. After reading about this museum, I requested a visit. The private tour company tried to tell me is was on an island and out of the way.
Because we were not going to include lunch on our tour, the tour company said we would have time after all to visit this museum. Although it is not flashy as some museums are, the guide inside the museum is so knowledgeable that flashiness is not needed, and the exhibits are informative. I am surprised that the tour company doesn't realize what a gem they have in this local person - Zanis Lipske, who saved many Jews from death. Rather than saying "no" to a request for a visit, they should have been proud to have a chance to talk about the hero that the museum honors. His courage was remarkable and even more remarkable because he was not Jewish himself. It doesn't matter whether people are of a particular religion or they have no religion, the story of Zanis Lipske was just very uplifting.
Written 9 August 2015
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Free Two Roam
Melbourne, Australia47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We hadn't heard of Zanis Lipke and his family before we visited the musuem. Their story is an amazing one of bravery, putting their lives on the line to save their fellow countrymen.

The museum is very well done and well worth a visit. The free audio guide tells the story of the family's heroism well along with that of all their friends who helped them out.

Entry to the museum is pretty well marked but you do need to ring the doorbell to be let in.

The museum is in a riverfront neighbourhood with lots of old weatherboard houses that are gradually being restored. It's well worth walking around the neighbourhood admiring these as well while you're there.
Written 23 May 2019
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