Muzejs "Ebreji Latvijā"

  • Museum "Jews in Latvia"

History

The museum “Jews in Latvia” was established in 1989 to research, popularize and commemorate the history of Latvia's Jewish community. The museum's exhibition is housed in three halls in the historical building of former Jewish theatre. The visitors of the museum can get acquainted with different aspects of Latvian Jewish history and culture from the beginnings in XVI century and to 1945 – legal status and economic activities, education and religion, political and intellectual pursuits. The special section is dedicated to Holocaust and rescuing of the Jews in Nazi-occupied Latvia.

Archival and Other Holdings

In the collection of the museum are stored close to 14 thousand units – documents, photos, books and artifacts. Of special interest is wide range of XIX-XX century memoirs, the rich collection of family photos, as well as printed materials of different Jewish organizations from interwar era.

The Museum holds published books and published memoirs as well as unpublished diaries, letters, memoirs on the Holocaust. In its archives, it also holds documents, photos and audio-visual materials concerning the period of the Second World War, including on the Holocaust.

The museum continues to welcome documents and photos from private archives and family albums to enrich its collection.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Margers Vestermanis and Kristine Rozniece. Guide to the Collections of the Museum "Jews in Latvia" (Selected) Books - Diaries - Letters - Memoirs - Printed materials - Documents. Supplement: survey of the collection of photographs, audio-visual materials of the Museum. Riga, 2002, 132 p. (Publications of the Museum "Jews in Latvia" No.2).

This guide has originally been published in Latvian.

Opening Times

Sunday - Thursday: 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.

Sources

  • YV/ClaimsCon'06/online search