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A statement from our Executive Director on the Syrian Refugee Crisis:

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 truth. Many people, politicians and the public alike are advocating for the intense restriction of immigration from this region, a place where ISIS is committing an active genocide against Shi’ites, Yazidi Christians, and others. We would do well to remember that we have heard similar rhetoric before. President Franklin Roosevelt himself said in 1940 that “It is rather a horrible story, but in some of the other countries that refugees out of Germany have gone to, especially Jewish refugees, they found a number of definitely proven spies.”

In our own state, the mayor of Roanoke, David Bowers, appeared to invoke one of America’s most shameful pasts in order to justify a new future of injustice and intolerance. Referring to the mass internment of American citizens of Japanese descent during WWII, he suggested that such a policy was appropriate, requesting that no aid be given to refugees coming to his city.

Museums enter into the fraught world of politics rarely, but when they do it is because the issue is of great importance. In the case of refugees from Syria and Iraq, the Virginia Holocaust Museum joins the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in condemning fear-mongering and mass generalizations. One of the cautionary tales from the Holocaust is that of turning away a people fleeing genocide in favor of isolationism and hysteria. Certainly, the situations of Syrian/Iraqi refugees now and the Jewish refugees during the Holocaust differ in many ways. But they also present disturbing similarities, particularly the desire for an emigration policy based on race/religion and based on a largely illusory national security argument. The VHM seeks to remind us all that what makes America great is precisely that we grant safe haven to those fleeing evil. These are the values that make us a refuge for those fleeing genocide. We should not abandon them in a haze of fear and xenophobia when they are needed most.

Waitman Wade Beorn, PhD
Executive Director
Virginia Holocaust Museum

The photo below is of a displaced persons camp operated by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Föhrenwald, Germany from the Julius Mintzer collection at the VHM.
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We have been nominated as one of the Top 5 Museums in Richmond by the +Richmond Times-Dispatch

Vote for us as the best Museum in Richmond at the link below. You can vote once a day from now until August 23rd. ‪#‎RTDthebest‬

http://richmond.secondstreetapp.com/l/The-Best/Ballot/EntertainmentandLeisure
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This is a closeup from a French resistance armband. The Forces Françaises de l'Intérieur (French Forces of the Interior) was the formal name of resistance fighters in France as it was liberated by Allied Forces. 
This armband features the Cross of Lorraine, which was a symbol of Free France during World War II.
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Timelapse photography of the assembly of the VHM's latest exhibit including photographs of the opening event. #VHMauschwitz
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Every year the VHM pauses to remember and honor the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust. This year the Museum's Day of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, April 19th at 2pm. 

Immediately following the Yom HaShoah service, all guests are invited to the formal opening and public premier of the Museum's new Auschwitz/Oświęcim exhibition.

Aushwitz/Oświęcim is made possible by the generosity of the Dominion Foundation of Dominion Resources, and Weinstein Properties.
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The Staff and Trustees of the Virginia Holocaust Museum offer our deepest sympathies to the people of Haltern am See.
It is through the generosity and hard work of our dear friend Alexander Lebenstein(OBM) and students at his namesake school in his native Haltern, that we were able to obtain the Boxcar that now sits in front of the Museum.
The Museum treasures our connection with Haltern, and will never forget the dedication and kindness of the students at the Alexander Lebenstein Realschule.
This photo shows Alex with some of the students and staff of the Alexander Lebenstein Realschule in Haltern.
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Join us November 21st at 1:00pm for a talk with Clemantine Wamariya, a survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Clemantine and her sixteen-year-old sister Claire, managed to survive the genocide, but were separated from their parents. The sisters came to the United States in 2000 after six years in refugee camps, and in May 2006, they were reunited with their parents on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In 2011 President Barack Obama appointed Clemantine to serve on the board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the youngest person ever appointed and the first from Africa.

Admission is free and off-street parking is available.
I Witnessed History: Clemantine Wamariya
Sat, November 21, 2015, 1:00 PM

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We would like to welcome our new Executive Director, Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn. 
Dr. Beorn will begin his tenure at the museum August 1st.
With a thoughtful push toward the future yet a deep appreciation for the past, Richmond native and noted Holocaust scholar Waitman Wade Beorn takes over as executive director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum on Aug. 1.
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Ted Lehman was sent to Auschwitz in 1943. His story is an integral part of our new Auschwitz exhibit. #VHMauschwitz  
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We have been featured on Channel 8 News Daytripper series! 
Located off of Cary Street in downtown Richmond the Virginia Holocaust Museum is dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered and peri…
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Every year the VHM pauses to remember and honor the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust. This year the Museum's Day of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, April 19th at 2pm. 

Immediately following the Yom HaShoah service, all guests are invited to the formal opening and public premier of the Museum's new Auschwitz/Oświęcim exhibition.

Aushwitz/Oświęcim is made possible by the generosity of the Dominion Foundation of Dominion Resources, and Weinstein Properties.
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Join us April 19th at 3:00pm for the opening of our new Auschwitz exhibit.
Auschwitz/Oświęcim will give an overview of the most notorious Nazi death camp, but the main feature of the exhibit will be the incorporation of local Survivor testimony. The Richmond area was home to a number of Auschwitz survivors, and their stories will be told throughout the exhibit.
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Founded to educate the community about the tragedies of the Holocaust, the Virginia Holocaust Museum strives to memorialize and document the atrocities of World War II. Through exhibits, programming, and outreach, the Museum uses the history of genocide to teach the dangers of prejudice and indifference.