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Va. refuge for Jews fleeing Hitler now a landmark

Tuesday - 4/2/2013, 7:10am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A farm purchased by a Richmond department store owner during World War II to shelter Jews escaping Nazi Germany has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register.

The listing of Hyde Park in Nottoway County is among 13 additions to the register by the state Department of Historic Resources. Others include historic districts in five towns, a New Deal-era elementary school in northern Virginia and houses and homesteads dating back centuries.

Department store owner William B. Thalhimer purchased Hyde Park in 1938 to create a training farm for students who sought to escape Adolf Hitler's extermination of Jews. From 1938 to 1941, about 30 Jewish immigrants lived and worked at Hyde Farmlands, which was devoted to dairy and poultry operations. Many later went on to fight for the U.S.


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