Virginia Holocaust Museum ousts executive director

The Virginia Holocaust Museum ousted its executive director and president, Jay Ipson.

Ipson, 77, a co-founder of the Richmond museum in 2003, said he believes that he was ousted for criticizing insurance companies for denying claims sought by Holocaust survivors, according to multiple news reports. Ipson is a Holocaust survivor.

He will be succeeded on July 1 by Simon Sibelman, the museum’s assistant executive director.

Ipson said he apologized in April for “errors in research and judgment” in a newsletter piece about survivors’ efforts to seek restitution from the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. — jta