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Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz

January 27, 2016– 71 years ago today, Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet troops. January 27th was designated as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations by a special resolution on November 1st, 2005. “By remembering the victims and honouring the courage of the survivors and those who assisted

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Artifact Highlight: Garrett Album

January 15, 2016– We’ve received our first artifact donation of 2016. This album consists of photos from a United Nations Displaced Person camp in Santa Cesarea, Italy. Between the summer of 1945 and 1948 over 50,000 Jewish refugees passed through Displaced Persons camps in Italy. This album was put together

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Upcoming Speaker: Hank Greenspan

January 5, 2016– Join us February 20th at 1:30pm for a talk with Hank Greenspan. Hank is a psychologist, playwright, and author who specializes in oral histories. He will be speaking about his work with survivors of genocide, and the importance of recording their stories. Hank Greenspan, a psychologist and

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Auschwitz/Oświęcim Exhibit Extended

December 30, 2015– Did you intend to visit our Auschwitz/Oświęcim exhibit this year, but could never make it? Good news, the exhibit has been extended into Spring 2016! Auschwitz/Oświęcim gives an overview of the most notorious Nazi death camp, but the main feature of the exhibit is the incorporation of

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Visual Art Contest 2016!

December 11, 2015– Teachers and students, it’s time for our annual Visual Arts Contest! This year we are asking students to create art around the idea of survival. Students may consider survival as a concept or as a subject of the Holocaust and genocide. The Virginia Holocaust Museum’s Visual Arts

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Remembering Fanya Pekar

December 8, 2015– We are very saddened to learn that Fanya Pekar has passed away. Fanya was born on November 7, 1928 in Tomashpol, Ukraine. Tomashpol was occupied by the German Army in 1941, and a ghetto was established there in December. Fanya lived in the ghetto until Tomashpol was

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Document Highlight: Eisenmann Letter

November 27, 2015–This letter from Lina Eisenmann to her cousin Sam Binswanger shows the desperation of a German born Jew trying to escape Nazi Germany. With help from Sam, Lina was able to obtain passage on a ship leaving for the US, but unfortunately she was not able to board

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A Statement from our Executive Director on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

November 24, 2015– The issue of refugees from Syria and Iraq has dominated our consciousness of late and tested our moral resolve. This issue generates much heat and rarely any light. Some dismiss comparisons to the Holocaust as irrelevant or lacking proper historical context. Little could be farther from the

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