Agnes Heller

Agnes and Robert Heller Agnes Sekely (later Heller) was ten years old in March 1944 when Germany invaded Budapest,Hungary. Her father was warned by friends about impending deportations and he immediately startedmaking plans to go into hiding. Agnes spent the summer at an estate where her family was hiding in

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Steven Kende

Steven (Standing 3rd from the left) and the Kende Family, May 1936 Steven Kende was born in Humenne, Slovakia on August 7, 1919. When the Nazi occupation began on March 15, 1939, Steven was living in Prague with his brother, Vojtech, and attending his first year of medical school at

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Julianna Toth

Laszlo and Marta Schoenwald met in Budapest, Hungary and were married in October 1939. Laszlo was divorced and had a daughter from his first wife, named Judith. Both Laszlo and Marta experienced anti-Semitism in Hungary. In 1940, Laszlo was put into a Hungarian Jewish slave labor camp, while Marta tried

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George Landecker

George Landecker was born on October 1, 1918 in Nordenberg, Germany. In May 1936, when George was 17, he began agricultural training at Gross Breesen. He left in October 1937 to work on a sheep farm in southern Germany. On November 9, 1938, while visiting Frankfurt, George was arrested and

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Clara Daniels

Clara and her family Clara Daniels (Fried) was born on October 17, 1923 in Nyírkarász, Hungary to Morris and Jolan Fried. Clara had two brothers: an older brother named Laslo and a younger brother named Joseph. The Frieds lived on a large, family-owned farm that was integral to the local

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Jason H. Nshimye: Rwandan Survivor

Jason Nshimye was born and raised in Rwanda. He is the Founder and President of the Human Rights and Justice Foundation. He has been an activist for human rights and crime prevention. Jason, at the age of 15, and his wife Francoise, at the age of 8, survived the 1994 genocide against

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Amanda Sam

Amanda Sam: Cambodian Genocide Survivor

In July 1979, Amanda and her family had to flee their hometown in Cambodia to avoid the Khmer Rouge genocide where 2.5 million people out of the population of 8 million, were killed or died from starvation and disease. Their journey through the jungle was filled with danger.  They drank water with human bodies

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Roger Loria, Age 4

Dr. Roger Loria: Holocaust Survivor

Roger Loria, was born in Antwerp on April 19, 1940 to Wolf and Margot Loria. Roger’s father Wolf was born on January 12, 1912 in Oswiecim, Poland. He immigrated to Belgium as a young man to work as a diamond trader. While in Belgium he met and married Belgium citizen, Margot Loria

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Request a Survivor Speaker

About VHM's Speakers Bureau The Virginia Holocaust Museum's Speakers Bureau is comprised of individuals that survived genocide and includes speakers from Belgium (The Holocaust), Cambodia (Cambodian Genocide) and Rwanda (Rwandan Genocide). It is the goal of the Speaker's Bureau to educate through the experiences of survivors and to personalize history.

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Make Yourself At Home At The Virginia Holocaust Museum

Thank you to Make Yourself at Home RVA for interviewing Holocaust Survivor, Roger Loria and our Executive Director, Sam Asher in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th. Click here to view the interview. 

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