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the Museum will open at 10:00 AM Mondays through Fridays. Weekend hours remain unchanged.

IN THIS ISSUE Message FromThe President AWalkTo Remember Emek Sholom: Past, Present & Future An Epiphany At Emek Sholom Local Survivor: Halina Zimm Genocide: Raphael Lemkin Jewish American Hall Of Fame Yom Hashoah Rule Of Law Award Ceremony Welcome Aboard (Again) Dr. Sydnor Upcoming Programs




WHAT IS A MALYENE? In Yiddish, “de malyene” means a raspberry bush, but in the slang of Eastern European Jews, it also meant “a hiding place.” As in the picture above, “De malyene” is where you would protect your most precious valuables — gold, jewels or even a small child. Or yourself. Make a resolution not to hide, but come experience the Virginia Holocaust Museum with many programs and events it has to share.

Dear Members and Friends,

In the scheme of life, four years seems no time at all. Forty eight months. Roughly 1440 days. And yet, consider the degree of destruction the Nazis wrought on Europe, on its Jewish population, on a civilization based upon Judeo-Christian values between September 1939 and September 1943. Much can happen in four years! I have had the incredible privilege to serve the Museum these past four years. When invited to join the staff, I willingly accepted. Like the Jewish patriarchs and prophets of antiquity, I said “Hinneni! Here I am!” returning to Richmond, my hometown. My personal life and professional endeavors had guided me to a belief that maintaining the memory of the Holocaust and promoting its urgent moral lessons of tolerance and acceptance are paramount. I recognized my obligation to do my part to promote the Museum’s mission, to assume the mantle of an upstander – a concept in stark opposition to the bystander’s indifference. Hinneni. A statement charged with a profound sense of responsibility to truth, to act. After four years at the Museum, the time has come to move along to other challenges. In August, I shall assume the position of the Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies at Appalachian State University where I shall also be the Leon Levine Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies. That sense of duty noted above will undoubtedly inform the work I shall do in North Carolina.


Your gift to the Virginia Holocaust Museum (a 501(c)(3) organization) could double in value if your employer has a matching gift program. Please ask your human resource office to match your contribution to the Museum.

As I prepare to leave, I know the Museum staff stands ready to face the considerable challenges of the future. Youthful, energetic and imbued with an authentic sense of purpose, they will ably assist the incoming executive director, Dr. Charles Syndor. And you, members and friends, you must also call out: Hinneni! For the Museum to flourish, for its message to extend beyond our walls, you must become an integral part. Give your support in order to preserve Holocaust memory and the memory of other genocides. In his poem Shemà, Holocaust survivor Primo Levi evoking the realities of the Holocaust echoes with urgency the injunction from Deuteronomy 6:4-10 : “I commend these words to you./ Carve them in your hearts/ At home, in the street,/ Going to bed, rising;/ Repeat them to your children….”

Thank you for supporting us.

Never forget your own role! Never forget!


Beginning in September...

A WALK TO REMEMBER In contemporary America, bar and bat mitzvah young adults have opted to forego lavish parties and have rather developed the concept of doing a mitzvah, or good deed, to repay the community for its guidance and leadership during their young, formative years. Such Mitzvah Projects provide a means for Jewish youth to become actively engaged in their communities. So it was that Lyndsay Nelson, daughter of Adam and Laurie Nelson, decided she wanted to challenge the community to raise as much money as possible for the Virginia Holocaust Museum through a Walk To Remember.

benefit the work of the Massey Cancer Center. Other non-profits have signed on to that event in order to benefit their charities. Working in tandem with the Museum, Lyndsay and her family made every effort to encourage people to become involved. Lyndsay’s enthusiasm for the project and belief in the Museum’s work truly carried the day! Early in the morning of April 13th, dozens of supporters and participants began the Walk To Remember. Lyndsay and her family were greeted at the finish line by Holocaust survivor Halina Zimm who thanked them all on behalf of the survivor community and the Museum.

Lyndsay’s plan was to encourage others to sign-up with her and her family to walk 10 kilometers or to have people sponsor them. They chose to walk with the annual Ukrop Monument Avenue 10K, a long-stranding Richmond-area tradition that seeks to

This concerted, selfless effort raised almost $5000 for programs at the Museum. Lyndsay’s mitzvah will aid the Museum in underwriting new, innovative programs such as the exhibit of Samuel Bak’s paintings. One cannot underestimate how far a single good

deed can go. A Walk To Remember was a great effort from everyone involved, from those who walked to the friends and family who supported them. Mazel Tov, Lyndsay, and Todah for a great job!

1 1 Marathon  Mitzvah girl, Lyndsay Nelson, met by Holocaust Survivor, Halina Zimm at the finish line

.. t he Museum will open at 10:00 AM Mondays through Fridays. Weekend hours remain unchanged.



Written by Inge Windmueller Horowitz

Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery was founded in 1955 by refugees and survivors of the Nazi purge of European Jewry who settled in Richmond. Having formed The New American Jewish Club, they then created a monument to memorialize 200 family members who perished in the Holocaust, whose final resting places forever remain unknown. Emek Sholom means “Valley of Peace.” In 1998, this memorial was recognized as a historic landmark in Virginia, and in 1999, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Later that year, two flanking panels and 259 names were added to the memorial by new members of the Richmond Jewish community. The demand for additional grave sites grew. In 2005, a gift from the Nathaniel Krumbein family, plus matching funds, added 96 grave spaces across the road from the 170 in the original cemetery. The mission of Emek Sholom is to provide a memorial to Holocaust victims, as well as a final resting place for persons of the Jewish faith who have physical and/or emotional ties to the Holocaust. In addition, the educational objective is to allow visitors to connect to WWII history through the lives of their Richmond neighbors who were so profoundly affected by the Holocaust. Since 1955, a Kristallnacht Memorial Service, open to the public, has been held at Emek Sholom on the Sunday nearest November 9. Kristallnacht, “the night of broken glass,” was the government-orchestrated, nationwide outbreak of violence against Jews in Germany and Austria on November 9-10, 1938. The annual program addresses topics related to the Holocaust. Descendants of those who perished share stories, giving verbal pictures of loved ones remembered on the Holocaust memorial. The Kaddish prayer for the dead is recited. Furthermore, lessons are drawn to raise awareness of current day genocide or state-sponsored oppression by means of the “Never Again” address. Speakers are Virginia high school students, chosen following a competitive writing process. Future development includes capital improvements, supported by grants and matching funds. A design team of four graduate students in the University of Virginia School of Landscape Architecture provided the direction. Plans include construction of walkways, educational signage, and seating. The 459 Holocaust victims, who are now remembered on the historic memorial, will soon be joined by plaques in the new area recognizing local liberators of concentration camps, resisters, rescuers, and survivors. New plantings in shades of yellow will be installed throughout, recalling the yellow star Jews were forced to wear and to set apart Emek Sholom from surrounding areas at Forest Lawn. These additions will enhance this historic site as a destination for learning.



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Written by Nancy Wright Beasley

On November 9, 1997, I approached Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery with much trepidation. At the time, I didn’t personally know a single Jew in Richmond that I, a Christian, could ask to go with me. I attended the Kristallnacht service out of respect for Gwen Woolf, then an editor for the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. Gwen had asked me to write a feature about the Virginia Holocaust Museum. I adamantly refused the assignment, finally telling Gwen, “It would break my heart to write about the Holocaust,” to which she replied, “That’s why you’re the one to do it.” I planned to attend the service and advise Gwen that I still wouldn’t take the assignment. I hadn’t reckoned on the powerful message I’d hear from Alex Lebenstein, 69, who witnessed Kristallnacht as an 11-year-old resident of Haltern-am-See, Germany. I hadn’t imagined being so touched by the ethereal flute music played by Henri Maizels, 57, who survived in a French Catholic orphanage. I hadn’t known survivors would memorialize their lost family members.


When Alan. Zimm, the last survivor to approach the microphone, began to honor his loved ones, following each name with their relationship to him, I think I heard my heart break. Suddenly I was seeing the Holocaust as an individual family, rather than as an historical event. Following the service I sought out Mr. Zimm and told him he was the first Jew I had met in Richmond and that he had changed my life.


Had anyone told me that I would not only write the piece Gwen wanted but would eventually invest seven years in writing “Izzy’s Fire: Finding Humanity in the Holocaust,” a true story of how a Catholic family saved 13 Lithuanian Jews, I wouldn’t have believed them. Had anyone told me that I’d spend another eight years speaking on the book and the subject, including trips to Israel and Lithuania, I would have thought them deranged.

3 1 N  ancy Beasley meeting with Anne E. Derse, former U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania and Holocaust survivor and artist Samuel Bak 2 P  articipants light memorial candles at annual Kristallnacht Commemoration at Emek Sholom, November 2012 3 Holocaust Survivors Alan and Halina Zimm at Emek Sholom

Such is the power of Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery. Every November for 15 years I’ve made my way back, feeling as if I need to remove my shoes because I’m standing on hallowed ground. While it breaks my heart anew each time, I have hundreds of Jewish friends and have been told that now I’m part of The Tribe. ©Nancy Wright Beasley. All rights reserved 2013.

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LOCAL SURVIVOR: HALINA ZIMM Halina Zimm leans into the Skype camera listening to a middle school student’s question: “Do you have any advice to give us?” She then tenaciously responds: “If you see someone treated unjustly, stand up for them!” Her succinct reply undoubtedly arose from Holocaust experiences.

Germany, the woman took her in, but neighbors began asking questions, so she left. Eventually, Halina found employment as a housekeeper for a young couple who lived directly across the street from the Warsaw Ghetto. Halina lived many terrifying moments. On one visit to a market, she saw a woman she had known in Lodz. That woman denounced her to the police. Shortly thereafter, two Nazis arrived at the apartment and accused Halina of being a Jew. They demanded she recite the prayers she said in church, but in her profound state of fright she could not remember them all. Her employer spoke up for Halina, then removed some of her jewelry and placed it on a table. The Nazis took the jewelry and left. Halina clearly recalls the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Standing outside, she could hear people weeping and crying as the Nazis dynamited buildings where Jews were hiding. When quizzed why she was crying by her employer, Halina reponded it was because of the screaming and the flames from the burning ghetto. The woman responded: “They are only Jews!” In that horrible moment, Halina wanted to announce that she, too, was a Jew, but she did not.

Together with her sisters Helen and Nana, they lived with their parents in Lodz, Poland where life had been pleasant until 1939 when the Nazis invaded, closed schools and obliged Jews to wear the Yellow Star. Recognizing the mortal threat to his family, Solomon Drexler put them and their most important possessions into a wagon and they evacuated toward Zarnow A year later, the Poles mounted “If you see someone treated unjustly, where his wife’s parents owned a their own rebellion. Not prepared stand up for them!” farm. En route, the Nazis and the to remain in Warsaw, Halina and the Poles stopped them, stealing almost couple boarded a train to travel to everything including demanding Solomon’s ring and going so Germany to work as laborers. While changing trains, a German far as threatening to cut off his finger if he did not comply with guard gestured to her suggesting she should run. She did, and their demands. she escaped. In Zarnow, rumors circulated about the existence of concentration camps. Few people believed the stories; Halina’s father did. He obtained two forged birth certificates for Halina and Helen, but was unable to acquire one for Nana. In November, 1940, Halina said goodbye to her parents, fearing then she would never see them again. Two weeks later, the Nazis arrived and deported the Jews of Zarnow. Halina escaped to Warsaw where, in a train station, she walked up to a woman and asked for help. Telling the woman she was a Pole trying to avoid being sent to work in



Eventually liberated by the Russians, she met her future husband Alan Zimm in 1945 following his liberation from Dora Concentration Camp. With marriage came immigration to the United States where Halina and Alan established new lives, raised a family and became active members in the community. Halina often speaks to groups of students and teachers inspiring all who hear her. The three Drexler sisters survived the Holocaust thanks to their father. Like Halina, Helen lives in Richmond; Nana lives in Canada.

“Genocide is a form of one-sided mass group, as that group and membership 


The term genocide was first coined by a Jewish Polish lawyer

named Raphael Lemkin. In 1933, Lemkin presented a paper at the International Conference for Unification of Criminal Law for the inclusion of a new law for the Crime of Barbarity. The paper used the mass killings of Armenians during World War I and the Assyrians in Iraq as a template for this new concept. It would prove to be the formative work for what would become known as genocide. Lemkin, who served as a public prosecutor for the district court in Warsaw, fled Poland shortly after the 1939 invasion. Despite frequent pleas, his family refused to follow him to the United States and perished during the Holocaust. He spent these years petitioning the League of Nations and the subsequent United Nations to enact a measure to prosecute individuals who commit such crimes. He outlined an extensive definition of the term in 1943 when he published Axis Rule in Occupied Europe, in which he wrote: By “genocide” we mean the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group. This new word, coined by the author to denote an old practice in its modern development, is made from the ancient Greek word

By “genocide” we mean the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group.

genos (race, tribe) and the Latin cide (killing)… genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. While genocide was not used as a charge during the Nuremberg Trials, the word does appear under Count Three (War Crimes) of the indictment: They conducted deliberate and systematic genocide, viz., the extermination of racial and national groups, against the civilian populations of certain occupied territories in order to destroy particular races and classes of people and national, racial, or religious groups, particularly Jews, Poles, and Gypsies and others. It would take another three years of campaigning before Lemkin could claim victory with United Nations’ General Assembly Resolution 260: The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (UNCG). This resolution is responsible for creating the first legal definition for the crime and brought the term to wide public usage.

killing in which a state or other authority intends to destroy a in it are defined by the perpetrator.”- Chalk & Jonassohn



The Jewish-American Hall of Fame whose collection of unique plaques is housed in the Virginia Holocaust Museum has announced that the latest addition to its collection is Mordecai Manuel Noah (1785-1851). Mordecai Noah was the best known American Jew of his time. He served as a skilled diplomat, newspaper editor, playwright and Jewish scholar. He unsuccessfully attempted to found a Jewish homeland, Ararat, near Buffalo, New York. The plaque was executed by sculptor Eugene Daub and is being set in place in this extraordinary permanent exhibit.


The Museum wishes to note that this exhibit, which is being considerably expanded, is also being moved to the first floor. It will be permanently placed on the north side of the representation of the Chore Shul, the Museum’s synagogue-auditorium. Opposite that exhibit, the Museum will open a new permanent exhibit of Judaic taken from its archival collection. This new exhibit will assist visitors to better understand the richness of Jewish spiritual and cultural life. Both exhibits will be completed and open to the public in early-August.



Writers and philosophers have suggested that literature and art do not have the capacity to convey the realities of the Holocaust. And yet, survivors such as Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi, Ida Fink and Dan Pagis have written memorable texts that move us in profound ways and assist in imprinting the reality of the Holocaust in our cultural consciousness. The same is true for art. How can anyone forget the pathos expressed in the children’s artwork from Terezín displayed in the Museum’s Children’s Memorial? Who can erase the silent scream of pain evoked by Linda Gissen’s Rachel Weeping for Her Children on the grounds of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, Virginia?

3 1 2013 JAHF Honoree: Mordecai Manuel Noah (1785-1851) 2 The new placement of the JAHF Exhibit in the synagogue/ auditorium 3 The Sheen,” one of Samuel Bak’s paintings on display at the VHM


We proudly announce that the work of Holocaust survivor and artist, Samuel Bak, is currently on view in the Weinstein Art Gallery until the end of July. Bak, a survivor of the Vilna Ghetto, has taken numerous iconic images from the Holocaust and mixed them with the relatively banal to create imaginative evocations of his experiences. Each painting requires intense concentration since every square inch has yet another image, another symbol each echoing an aspect of the tragedy of the Holocaust. This amazingly poignant exhibit encourages the viewer to use a cell phone to call a number that will guide the visitor from painting to painting and offer edifying comments and interpretations of Bak’s singular genius.


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YOM HASHOAH 2013 This Yom Hashoah, the Richmond Jewish community, commemorated a little known moment in Holocaust history –– the 70th anniversary of the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews.


Her Excellency Elena B. Poptodorova, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the U.S., gave a keynote address at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, to several hundred community members, including a number of state and federal elected officials, Holocaust survivors and their families.


In her remarks, the ambassador explored the complexities of that moment when ordinary individuals stood against the political and social systems in Bulgaria, when average persons achieved extraordinary ends. She said approximately 50,000 Jews were saved from deportation in 1943 due to the actions of a number of Bulgarian officials, bishops from the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and many others. One of these was Dimitar Peshev, deputy speaker of the Bulgarian parliament, who was approached by citizens alerting him with concerns about the pending deportation to Treblinka of Jews. He wrote a letter that was signed by more than 40 members of parliament seeking to stop any deportation of Jews. These actions helped to stop it. The citizens, Peshev and others made the planned deportation of Jews very public, she noted. “Two bishops said if the Jews were put on the trains, they would join them.”The Ambassador said, “I am proud and relieved this did happen in my small country.”


A miracle did happen ... goodness did happen....goodness prevailed ... friends and neighbors protected and stood up for those they loved and prevented deportation from happening.” She said,..”There always will be individuals, with humanity, force of character, integrity and goodness to prevent the worse from happening. Unfortunately, genocide is still happening and has not left our human world,”the Ambassador said.“ She said a documentary, “The Optimist” has been produced with interviews with Jews who were saved and Bulgarians who saved Jews from going to death camps. The evening of the VHM’s commemoration service marked the official opening of an exhibition of paintings by local Holocaust survivor, Margot Dreyfuss Blank. The service of remembering that evening concluded with Survivors, their children and grandchildren lighting six candles to recall the six million murdered Jews. At the program, the winners of this year’s student art contest were announced by Carole Weinstein. This program was co-sponsored with the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond.


1 H  . E. Ambassador Elena Poptodorova delivering the keynote address. 2 Holocaust Survivor Henri Maizels with Professor Alan Blank at the Margot Blank Exhibit. 3 Ambassador Poptodorova with the Hon. Betsy Carr (Virginia House of Delegates, 69th District) and the Hon. Bobby Scott (US House of Representatives, 3rd District)

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One of the central lessons of the Holocaust focuses on the centrality of the RULE OF LAW in the creation and maintenance of civil societies. To safeguard that belief, the Nuremberg Courtroom Committee of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in tandem with the Virginia Law Foundation established an annual program to honor individuals whose life and work emulate the highest ideals enshrined in the principals that established the Nuremberg Military Tribunal (1945-46) and later the International Court of Justice. On May 8th , 250 people gathered at the Virginia Holocaust Museum to honor posthumously two lawyers, Murray Janus and Roderick Matthews with the Rule of Law Award. Long serving members on the Museum’s Board of Trustees, both possessed a profound trust in the power of the law to protect all regardless of ethnicity, religion or socio-economic status.



1 V  HM Board of Trustees’ Secretary Jay Weinberg, Esquire, with keynote speaker Professor A. E. Dick Howard. 2 Virginia Law Foundation President Manuel A. Capsalis, Esquire 3 Anthony Troy, Esquire, presenting the Rule of Law Award to Karls Mathews, widow of recipient Roderick B. Mathews 4 Holocaust Survivors Bud and Sonya Brodecki with Rabbi Beth Janus, daughter of honoree Murray Janus (OBM) and Holocaust Survivor Helen Zimm at the Rule of Law Event


Professor A. E. Dick Howard, White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, was key-note speaker. A luminary in the field of constitutional law, Professor Howard cogently spoke about the Rule of Law and its links to the sanctity of the individual. “A firm respect for human dignity is unmistakably a measure of the rule of law.” Howard stated. “How a state treats those charged with or suspected of criminal activity is a test of the status of human dignity. It is no accident that the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution pays special attention to criminal procedure (for example, the privilege against self-incrimination). Personal privacy and autonomy has been a particular focus of constitutional protections since World War II.” He also addressed the uncertain journey of the Rule of Law in the contemporary world noting: Soon after the implosion of the Soviet Union, I was meeting with drafters at work on a new constitution for Russia. I spoke no Russian, and some of the drafters spoke no English. So we worked through a translator. She was very professional and quite fluent in both languages. I discovered, however, that she was rendering the Englishlanguage phrase “rule of law” as “socialist legality.” I had to tell her, “No, not exactly.” That incident underscores the challenge of defining what we mean when we talk about the “rule of law.” […] In Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe holds sway, the minister of information says, “All countries are ruled by men and women. The law becomes what they say it is.” Beatrice Mtetwa […] translates the minister’s remark to clarify the kind of “rule of law” that one finds in Zimbabwe: “Robert Mugabe doesn’t just go out and do what he wants. They pass a law and say it’s now legal to punch somebody in the nose.” Carefully tracing the trajectory of the Rule of Law in the post-war period, Professor Howard provided an intellectual template for those present to understand the significance of the Rule of Law Award and how the lives of this year’s honorees enshrined those precious values.


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WELCOME ABOARD (AGAIN) DR. SYDNOR Assuming the position as Museum President and Executive Director, the Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Charles Sydnor, former Chairman of the Museum’s Board. Dr. Sydnor is well known in Central Virginia where he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Broadcasting, better known as WCVE-The Community Idea Stations. He served as president of Emory and Henry College (1984-92) from which he graduated in 1965. A highly respected historian of the Holocaust and World War II, he provided the United States Department of Justice and its Office of Special Investigations with expert testimony in twenty-one court cases involving former SS concentration camp guards and Nazi death camp collaborators. Dr. Sydnor will bring his extensive knowledge of the Holocaust and his passion to promote its pressing lessons to the Museum as it moves into an assured future. “The future looks great for the Virginia Holocaust Museum,” enthused Board Chairman, Marcus Weinstein. “Sy Sibelman took us to a new level! Charlie Sydnor will build on that and make the institution stronger and better than ever.”

UPCOMING PROGRAMS: LATE-SUMMER 2013 The Levin Art Collection The Virginia Holocaust Museum is pleased to announce the showing of its first traveling exhibit featuring the Holocaust-themed art of the late G. Roy Levin. This artwork will be on special display in the Museum from 15 August – 15 September and will afterward be available to loan. Exhibited extensively in Germany, England and the United States, Levin’s moving artistic response to the Holocaust includes original works, affixed primarily to found objects. Many are painted on slatted pieces of wood, woven with the wire of opened-up vegetable crates – “in effect, trash, which evoked people treated like trash” (Joost Van Haaften, “G. Roy Levin: Arte Povera Revisited,” 1999). Together, the deeply evocative collection creates fragmented and haunting images of the past. The Museum is honored that the heirs of G. Roy Levin, including his children Gabrielle Dietzel, Maurie Levin, Bryna Levin and Jordan Levin, chose to gift the Museum with a collection of his art. If you would like more information about renting the Levin Holocaust Art Collection, please contact Charles Coulomb at (804) 257-5400 ext. 231 or

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2 1 The late-G. Roy Levin 2 E xample of Levin’s artwork that will be on display at the VHM



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Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through August 31, 2013 Saturday – Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on First Day Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.


the Museum will open at 10:00 AM Mondays through Fridays. Weekend hours remain unchanged.


The IDEA catalog used by the Carole Weinstein Holocaust Research Library and the VHM Archives was made possible by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Claims Conference The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY The Virginia Holocaust Museum has a wonderful opportunity to bring The Women of Ravensbrück: Portraits of Courage to Richmond from the Florida Holocaust Museum. With your help we can bring this eye-opening exhibit about women in the Holocaust to Richmond for the first time ever. Donate today and become a patron in the mission of Tolerance Through Education. For more information please contact Charles Coulomb at (804) 257-5400 ext.231

We welcome your comments about De Malyene and about the Virginia Holocaust Museum.

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