Richmond museum to hold ‘Day of Learning’ about Holocaust

Richmond Museum of Day holding Family Free Day on Saturday, Aug. 18
Richmond Museum of History to hold a Day of Learning about the Holocaust on Jan. 27.

We reported last month how the Richmond Museum of History is launching an exhibit on Jewish history this weekend as part of a national project by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

The exhibit exhibit, called Pioneers to the Present: Jews of Richmond and Contra Costa County, will run from Jan.13 through June 30, and during that time 12 related events will be held, according to museum officials.

Today, the museum released information about one of the upcoming events, called the “Day of Learning.” The event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Scheduled to speak are Rabbi Dean Kertesz of Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond and Oliver Pollak, a Jewish scholar whose parents fled Germany and Austria. The public is welcome, admission is free and light Jewish-themed refreshments will be served. 

Remembering the history of the Holocaust is particularly important, according to museum officials, as fewer and fewer survivors are alive to tell their stories about the atrocities.

 “We think it’s incredibly important to hear the stories of people who lived through the Holocaust,” said Melinda McCrary, the executive director of the Richmond Museum of History. “We can learn from their experiences and hopefully find ways to avoid such tyranny again.”

More information about the exhibit and the events are available on the Museum’s website.