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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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Simone Schwarz 1927–2017

February 2, 2017 We at the Virginia Holocaust Museum are saddened to hear that local Survivor, Simone Schwarz has passed away earlier today. Born in Poland in 1927, Simone Schwarz (Golub) was one of five children living in the small town of Kreva. In 1939, Simone and her family were

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VHM Artifact Highlight: Silver Yad

January 23rd, 2017– A yad, or a Torah pointer, is a ritual pointer used by readers to keep their place during Torah readings. Yad—a Hebrew word—translates to “hand,” and the Torah pointer functions as such. In Judaic tradition, it is considered disrespectful to touch the Torah, a sacred religious text,

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Mark Fetter 1951–2017

January 3, 2017– Mark Fetter 1951–2017 We at the Virginia Holocaust Museum are saddened to hear that Mark Fetter has passed away. Mark Fetter was not only a well-known journalist in the Richmond community, but was one of the co-founders of the Virginia Holocaust Museum along with Jay Ipson and

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VHM Artifact Highlight: Pre-War Menorah

January 2nd, 2017– The menorah is an important symbol of Judaism that can be traced to the early history of the religion. The first menorah appeared in the First Temple built by King Solomon. The original was a six-branched lamp created by the artisan Bazalel. After the fall of the

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Holocaust Organizations, Scholars and Educators Sound Alarm on Surge in Hate Crimes

December 7th, 2016– The Virginia Holocaust Museum along with 160 institutions and individuals call on lawmakers to condemn white nationalist groups and ask citizens to be vigilant. The statement is as follows: Recent months have seen a surge in unabashed racism and hate speech – including blatant antisemitism and attacks

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