Latvia

Andris Razans

Head of the Latvian Delegation to the IHRA

Member country since: 2004

Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day), 4 July (Commemoration of Genocide against the Jews)


Einārs Miķelsons  (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) – Deputy Head of Delegation

Olita Arkle (Ministry of Education and Science) – Education Working Group

Jānis Asaris  (State Inspectorate for the Protection of Cultural Heritage) – Museums and Memorials Working Group

Iļja Ļenskis  (Director of the Museum "Jews in Latvia") - Academic Working Group

Daina Ratniece (Ministry of Culture) - Museums and Memorials Working Group


IHRA membership has offered Latvia a platform for sharing best practices. Examples of completed projects include Holocaust education seminars for opinion-makers in Latvia, which were organized by the museum ‘Jews in Latvia’ with the support of the IHRA. Another unique project developed by the Centre of Judaism at the University of Latvia is the ‘Names and Destinies’ project. It comprises a website containing information on former Jewish communities of Latvia as well as an archive of Jews who perished in the territory of Latvia during the period 1941–1945. 

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