OPEN PUBLIC FOUNDATION “LIEPĀJAS EBREJU MANTOJUMS”, also known as THE “LIEPAJA JEWISH HERITAGE FOUNDATION”, is a non-governmental organization established in 2004


  • 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 objects :

The main object of the Liepaja Jewish Heritage Foundation is to research, preserve and disseminate the Jewish heritage of Liepaja (Libau) as an integral part of the city’s history.

Foundation tasks:

  • Research, translation and publication of materials relating to the pre-war history of the Liepaja Jewish Community and the Holocaust;
  • Research and report unknown facts relating to the Holocaust in Liepaja;
  • Develop and support 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;
  • Develop, support and implement educational programs of the Jewish history of Liepaja.
  • Co-operate with Liepaja’s local authorities in preserving Jewish memorials and the Jewish cemetery;
  • Participate in common projects with the Liepaja Jewish Community and other Jewish organizations in Latvia and abroad, in the fields of education, culture and social activities;
  • Organize and participate in meetings, seminars and conferences to further the Foundation’s main objects.