The founders of the society “Žaņa Lipkes memoriāls” – bussinesman Māris Gailis, the Honorary director of the International Film Forum “Arsenāls” Augusts Sukuts and the daughter-in-law of Žanis Lipke Ārija Lipke – came to the idea of creating the memorial in 2000, after the revealing of a memorial plaque by Lipke’s house in Ķīpsala, 8 Mazais Balasta dambis. The aim of these people and their collaborators is to bring to the attention of the local, as well as the international society the historical phenomenon of Žanis Lipke and to raise funds for building a contemporary memorial in Rīga.
On Easter Day, 2000, revealing the memorial plaque by the house of Žanis Lipke, the Ex-President of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga said:
“During the Second World War and the Nazi occupation the Jewish nation, as well as the Roma people and many others were stripped of their true worth as human beings. At the same time Žanis Lipke was guided by a different law, by a law that says to love thy neighbour as thyself. [..] It would be nice if this historical place could one day become a memorial place for the past generations with which we can be proud of, and if our children for generations to come as well as guests, could see, that evidence of a unique person, a unique event have remained here”.