Peres Attends Unveiling of Latvia Museum to Honor WWII Rescuers of Jews

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President Shimon Peres took part in a ceremony marking the opening of a museum in Latvia dedicated to a couple who saved some 50 Jews from extermination.

The museum in downtown Riga, Latvia’s capital, is located next to the property once owned by Zanis Lipke, a port worker who together with his wife hid Jews in an underground pit measuring some 9 square meters.

The three-story museum resembles an overturned ship and is designed to give visitors a claustrophobic sense of life in a tiny bunker.

In 1966, Yad Vashem, the museum and research institution in Jerusalem that safeguards the memory of Jews who perished in the Holocaust, recognized Zanis and Johana Lipke as rescuers of Jews.

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