Thursday, October 27, 2011

LATVIA – Cover from Riga, Latvia to Braga, Portugal

First Day Cover with commemorative stamp of the ‘Zanis Lipkes Memorials’ issue posted on July, 4 2011.
(Special thanks to my best friend Juris Tarvids)

Žanis (real name - Jānis) Lipke (1900-1987) is the most widely known Latvian rescuer of Jews during the Second World War. Together with his spouse Johanna (1904-1990) he saved at least 55 Jews in the Nazi-occupied Latvia, later receiving the honorific Righteous among the Nations, established in 1953 by the Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Center founded by the Knesset, and a medal with the inscription Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.

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