December 1, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Holocaust Museum's executive director spent 25 years helping federal authorities investigate suspected Nazi war criminals.
Now, Charles W. Sydnor Jr. is donating to the museum records, artifacts and other items he collected during that service. He also plans to give the museum his library of more than 1,000 books on the topic.
Sydnor tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the collection will be used to help make the museum a global destination for Nazi research.
From 1981 to 2006, Sydnor served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Special Investigations. He testified in the trials of 23 suspected Nazi war criminals found living in the United States. He has been the Richmond museum's executive director since July.