A 2011 Latvian stamp dedicated to Žanis and Johanna Lipke
|Died||14 May 1987 (aged 87)|
|Resting place||Forest Cemetery, Riga|
|Other names||Žanis Lipke|
|Known for||Saving Jews during the Holocaust|
|Awards||Righteous Among the Nations|
Lipke, a dock worker in the port of Riga, was determined to help save Latvian Jews from capture by the Nazis after witnessing actions against them in the streets. He retrained in order to become a contractor for the Luftwaffe, and then used his position to smuggle Jewish workers out of the Riga ghetto and camps in and around Riga, whom he concealed with the aid of his wife Johana until the arrival of the Red Army in October 1944. The Lipkes and their various helpers saved forty people in this way, one fifth of the approximately 200 Jews who survived the war in Latvia.
When he died in 1987, the Jews of Riga arranged his funeral
On 4 July 2007, the day of remembrance of the victims of genocide against the Jewish nation, a monument commemorating those who saved Latvian Jews, and in particular Lipke, was unveiled at Riga's Great Choral Synagogue.
- "The Lipke family | Žaņa Lipkes memoriāls". Žanis Lipke Memorial. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
- "Jan and Johana Lipke". Yad Vashem.
- Latvia's History: Education, Remembrance, Research
- Rich Tenorio (20 August 2019). "Blue-collar Latvian 'Schindler' saved dozens with few resources of his own". The Times of Israel.
- Jan and Johana Lipke at the Yad Vashem website
- Saviours of Jews in Latvia at the Wayback Machine (archived January 8, 2007)
- Rescued by Righteous Among the Nations: Izak Drizin's testimony. Yad Vashem.
- Rescued by Righteous Among the Nations: Grigoriy Arensburg's testimony. Yad Vashem.
- 1980 photograph of Lipke in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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