Founded in 1997, the Virginia Holocaust Museum views its primary mission as educating the world-wide community about the historical and personal realities of the Holocaust. Through its permanent exhibitions, the Museum remembers the atrocities of the Shoah, the sacrifices of its victims, the bravery of its heroes and the courage of the survivors. The Museum’s commitment to Tolerance Through Education, encapsulates its goal to combat intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism, prejudice, fear and hatred with knowledge, understanding, compassion and acceptance. Having worked with the Virginia General Assembly to mandate Holocaust education in Virginia’s public schools, the Museum recognizes its responsibility to train Virginia’s teachers how to approach the Holocaust and modern genocides through Teacher Education Institutes and other workshops. We likewise provide the community with a rich variety of materials housed in the Carole Weinstein Holocaust Research Library. The Museum equally believes its goal to educate obligates it to mount an array of cultural programs open to the public.