OPEN PUBLIC FOUNDATION “LIEPAJA JEWISH HERITAGE”

also known as THE “LIEPAJA JEWISH HERITAGE FOUNDATION”, is a non-governmental organization established in 2004.

 

Founders were:

  • Professor George Schwab – born in Liepaja, Vice-President of the American Association of Jewish Survivors of Latvia, an American public activist, scholar and political scientist
  • Steven Springfield – President of the American Association of Jewish Survivors of Latvia
  • Sheila Johnson Robbins – USA public activist, FAPE Board member, patron

Business Sector Patrons:

Haas family, Sergey Zaharjin, Ilya Segal

 

Foundation aims and goals::

The main goal of the Liepaja Jewish Heritage Foundation is to study, preserve the pre-war Jewish heritage and attract wide public interest to it

 

The Foundation following aims:

  • Participate in common projects in cooperation with the Liepaja Jewish Religious Community and other Jewish organizations in Latvia and abroad, in the fields of education, culture and social activities
  • Research, translation and publication of materials relating to the pre-war history of the Liepaja Jewish Community and the Holocaust.
  • Support and develop relations with the Jews of Liepaja and their descendants, by involving them in the creation of chronicles regarding the Jewish community in pre-war Liepaja.
  • Support, develop and implement educational programs on the Jewish history of Liepaja.
  • Research and report unknown facts relating to the Holocaust in Liepaja.
  • Organize and participate in meetings, seminars and conferences to further the Foundation’s main goals and complete the tasks set.
  • Co-operation with Liepaja’s local authorities in preserving Jewish memorials and the Jewish cemetery.