Artifacts are the heart of any museum. Without artifacts, we would have a difficult time telling the story of the Holocaust. With this in mind, collections care and preservation are essential functions of the museum and its staff. It is our hope that our collection will survive to tell the story of the Holocaust for generations to come.
Public awareness of collections care is a concern across the museum field. In 2011, the Virginia Association of Museums created a program known as Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts, which raises awareness about the important role that artifacts play in our culture. This annual program celebrates the inspiring items that are in the care of museums, libraries, archives, galleries, historical societies, and other sites across the Commonwealth and D.C. The Top 10 offers collecting institutions of all sizes the opportunity to build awareness of the threats they combat in their role as stewards of our shared past.
The Virginia Holocaust Museum is proud to nominate one of our treasured artifacts for one of Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts.
The authentic Deutsche Reichsbahn “goods wagon” is a covered, wood-sided freight car originally designed to transport cargo, and is one of the varieties used by the Nazis to transport Jews to death camps across Europe. It serves as a powerful reminder of the atrocities committed by the Third Reich during the Holocaust. This 1920s German boxcar is outdoors with constant exposure to the elements. The wood siding is in poor condition and is expected to continue deteriorating.
An independent peer-review panel of conservators and collections experts votes to determine the Top 10 Honorees. In addition, there is a fan-based public voting portion of the program called the People’s Choice.
This is where you, the public, come in! Visit VAM Top 10 Endangered Artifacts and vote for the Virginia Holocaust Museum's German boxcar between August 4th and 23rd. Be sure to check YES! under the boxcar’s picture and scroll to the bottom of the page to click SUBMIT VOTE. You can vote as many times as you like!
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