Oral History Collection

The Virginia Holocaust Museum began recording oral histories in 1997 to preserve the firsthand accounts of people who had witnessed genocide. While the Museum’s oral history collection originally focused on Holocaust survivors and liberators, it has recently expanded to include other instances of genocide.

Today, the Oral History Archive contains over 230 digitized testimonies. Housed in the Carole Weinstein Holocaust Research Library, the oral history collection provides the personal stories of people who settled in the Commonwealth of Virginia and experienced a mass atrocity.

Click on any name below to access the recorded history for that indiviual.

On-Going Efforts

The Virginia Holocaust Museum is actively seeking the testimony of survivors and witnesses of genocide or other mass atrocities. We welcome any information about those who might be interested in recording an interview with us. If you know of someone who is interested in creating a recording for our collection, please contact Timothy Hensley.









Many of these interviews are posted on our Youtube channel. These testimonies, however, represent only a few out of the hundreds of oral histories we have recorded over the year. If you are interested in viewing an oral history from the VHM collection, please contact Timothy Hensley to schedule an appointment.