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Opening Reception: The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors

Opening Reception: The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors
When: Reception Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, from 6PM–8PM with light refreshments

From the Virginia Holocaust Museum:

Join us for the opening of The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors, a powerful traveling exhibition that gives voice to the women and men who built a new life in Switzerland after surviving the Holocaust. Their life stories are told to us by way of photographic portraits, witness testimonies, and video interviews.

As the Holocaust recedes in time and the last remaining survivors gradually pass away, the challenges of dealing with this chapter of history and passing it on to future generations are only increasing. This traveling exhibition was developed by the Swiss Federal Government in partnership with the Gamaraal Foundation as a complement to Switzerland’s Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The IHRA is a coalition of 31 member countries dedicated to strengthening Holocaust remembrance, research and education worldwide.

A free public reception for The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors will be held at the Virginia Holocaust Museum on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, from 6 to 8 PM. Remarks will be held by special guest Mr. Simon Geissbühler, the Deputy Chief of Mission and Head of Political and Legal Affairs at the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States. This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions about the event, or how to directly get involved, you can contact Angela Rueda, the VMH’s Assistant Curator at 804-257-5400 x272,

Many of our readers ask us to provide them resources in regards to volunteer opportunities in the area. The VMH is 100% donation based and our support contributes to the museum’s free admission, their workshops and resources for educators and the thousands of students who take field trips annually. Go to the website and click the Support Us tab. This is a helpful way to get involved with VMH with links to donations, membership details, fundraising campaigns and corporate giving.


All images are attributed to © Gamaraal Foundation.

Immediate Local Volunteering Opportunity

If you can’t make it to the reception and would like to volunteer some of your time, the Inn at Patrick Henry’s (bed & breakfast next to PH Pub) needs help with some cookie decorations for the reception. The venue requests that you sign up by February 10 through their Facebook event page – no walk-ins will be allowed.
When: Monday February 12
Time: 8 AM to 10 AM
Click here to sign up!


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