SEP 30, 2013
LAMOTH Hires New Executive Director
LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST (LAMOTH)
HIRES SAMARA HUTMAN AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
AND WELCOMES THE REMEMBER US ORGANIZATION
LOS ANGELES, CA – September 30, 2013 Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) has hired Samara Hutman as its new Executive Director. Ms. Hutman comes to LAMOTH from the Remember Us organization where she served as executive director since 2011 and as a recipient of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles' Cutting Edge Grant developed innovative film-making and social action workshops, survivor-teen arts partnerships, and school and community engagements.
At Remember Us, Ms. Hutman forged meaningful connections with schools, non-profits and arts institutions, advancing Holocaust remembrance programming throughout the city. Through numerous connections with middle and high schools, both public and private, and working closely with the Los Angeles Survivor community, Ms. Hutman helped foster community-wide programming that focused on Holocaust remembrance, arts initiatives and social action.
Programs include the Holocaust B’nai Mitzvah Project, which invites Bnai Mitzvah to honor the memory of one individual child who perished in the Holocaust. The Righteous Conversations Project collaborates with local schools to run workshops in which participants have produced poignant public service announcements (PSAs) on a range of issues of contemporary injustice. Workshop PSAs have dealt with a broad spectrum of issues of concern to teens including, genocide prevention, respect for families with gay parents, bullying, and religious intolerance and have been gifted to local and national non profits such as Seattle Against Slavery, Keshet, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Uri L’tzedek, among others. These PSAs have also screened at dozens of national film festivals where they have garnered awards and commendations.
Founded in 1961, LAMOTH is the oldest survivor founded Holocaust museum in the United States. In 2010, the Museum opened its award-winning new facility and permanent home in Pan Pacific Park, centrally located in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles near The Grove and Farmers Market. The Museum welcomes tens of thousands of visitors annually and, in keeping with the founding survivors’ wishes, has never charged an admission fee.
As part of Ms. Hutman’s new duties she will work to enhance the Museum’s reputation nationally and locally, as well as oversee the financial support of the Museum’s operations.
LAMOTH and its Board of Directors welcome Samara Hutman and the addition of the Remember Us programs beginning October 1, 2013. “Samara’s creative vision and passion will help further LAMOTH’s mission to commemorate and educate,” said E. Randol Schoenberg, President of the Board. “We are confident that she will increase our outreach in the greater Los Angeles area in order to teach future generations about the history of the Holocaust.”
Holocaust historian Michael Berenbaum praised the merger between an established museum and an educational startup. “This is an important and innovative step in the evolution of Holocaust museums,” he said. “LAMOTH can help provide critical leadership as we make the inevitable transition to a world with no living memory of the Holocaust.”
Hutman adds "Our work is grounded in the understanding that each person has an inevitable encounter with the history of the Holocaust, that this encounter , guided and contextualized, can be transformative to our moral and ethical consciences. We have a precious and extraordinary decade ahead, and, we—and especially young people—must be present to receive the final chapter of Holocaust history that living survivors can offer us.”
About Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the oldest Holocaust museum in the nation, was founded by Holocaust survivors in the early 1960s as a permanent repository for their personal artifacts from the Holocaust and the world the Nazis destroyed. Today the Museum hosts docent-led school tours, survivor lectures, exhibitions on the Holocaust, and numerous special events. Museum admission is always free. Visit us online at www.lamoth.org