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NOV 4, 2010

L.A. Holocaust Museum Gets Permanent Home (leisuregrouptravel.com)

L.A. Holocaust Museum Gets Permanent Home

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust just moved into its first permanent home since local Holocaust survivors founded the organization in 1961 – the nation’s first Holocaust museum.

The architecturally avant guard building, designed by acclaimed LA-based architect Hagy Belzberg, is the culmination of a six-year dream, said E. Randol Schoenberg, president of the museum board of directors. “This is a significant moment for the museum, as well as for survivors and all who understand the importance of learning from our past,” he said.

Located in Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles’ Westside, the contemporary glass-and-steel structure is mostly underground so as to blend with the park and features eco-friendly designs including a roof planted with grass and greenery. It’s expected to receive a LEED Gold certification.

Inside, displays including original Holocaust artifacts, photos, oral histories and high-tech interactive exhibits chronicle the horrors of the Holocaust, the pre-war world the Nazis destroyed, rescue and life after the Holocaust. Activities include docent-led tours, self-guided tours including tours by cell phone, Holocaust survivor lectures, community and school programs and special events. Admission is free. (www.lamoth.org)

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