VHM Artifact Highlight: Baermann Family Immigration

May 1st, 2017– By stripping German Jews of their rights and livelihoods, the Nazi government sought to create a nation inhospitable to its Jewish population. In turn, they hoped to force emigration in an attempt to rid Germany of Jews. In response to this increasingly hostile environment, many German Jews

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VHM Artifact Highlight: Jewish Passport

April 17th, 2017– The Nazis continued to pass decrees and regulations throughout the second half of the 1930s. Each new law further excluded Jews from society, while creating an ever-increasingly hostile environment for them. While many Jews hoped to emigrate during this period, quotas and anti-Semitic policies, both in Germany

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NOVA Preview: Holocaust Escape Tunnel

April 6th, 2017– On Wednesday night, the Museum hosted a preview of one of NOVA's latest documentary films, Holocaust Escape Tunnel for members of the VHM and WCVE followed by a panel discussion. Holocaust Escape Tunnel centers around a group of archeologists who traveled to the Lithuanian city Vilnius to

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VHM Artifact Highlight: Jewish Segregation

April 3rd, 2017– Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933. On April 7, 1933, he enacted his first piece of anti-Jewish legislation. From 1933 to 1939, Hitler passed over 400 laws that impacted the rights, opportunities, and lives of Jews in Europe. Within the first few years

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VHM Artifact Highlight: “Strength through Joy” Armband

March 20th, 2017– After Adolf Hitler took office in 1933, he quickly began implementing the Nazi party’s 25 Point Plan. Part of this plan focused on strengthening Germany’s working class, and in turn, rebuilding the economy. This platform appealed to many Germans who were seeking security after the tumultuous years

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Preserve US Government Agency that Monitors Anti-Semitism

March 14th, 2017– With reports surfacing that the President plans to defund the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, more than 100 Holocaust institutions, scholars, and educators from around the world are calling on government officials not to cut, but to maintain and strengthen the office. These

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VHM Artifact Highlight: “Only Hitler” Propaganda Poster

March 6th, 2017– Founded in 1920, the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP or Nazis) took its roots from several nationalist right-wing political groups. Their ideology – outlined in the 25 Point Plan – relied heavily on German nationalism and anti-Semitism. By 1921, Adolf Hitler assumed leadership of the NSDAP,

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VHM Artifact Highlight: The Work of Hermann Hirsch

February 20th, 2017– Hermann Hirsch was born on July 4, 1861 in Mönchengladbach, Germany; he was the youngest of eight children born to Moritz and Rosetta Hirsch. Moritz worked in the cloth industry, and when Herman was three, the family moved to Köln. When Hermann was twelve, his father passed

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High School Students Talk with Refugees

February 9th, 2017– On Tuesday, the Museum hosted a program which brought together Godwin High School art students, and former refugees who came to the U.S. through Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC). The collaboration began last Fall when Megan was approached by Dana Morris, a Godwin High School art teacher. Mrs.

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VHM Artifact Highlight: Susanne’s Doll

February 6th, 2017– Susanne Hirt (nèe Hirsch) was born in Berlin, Germany on August 1, 1913. She was the youngest child of Joseph—a businessman—and Dorothea Hirsch—a caregiver. Susanne grew up with her older half siblings, Alexander and Rosetta, and her older sister, Anna Margarete, and near extended family like her

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