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About Community Wall Designer Arnold Schwartzman

London-born designer, author and filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman grew up in Margate, England, where his parents owned a kosher hotel. He moved with his wife and collaborator, Isolde, to Los Angeles in 1978. Schwartzman produced and directed the Oscar-winning documentary feature film Genocide (1981) and was appointed Director of Design for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Schwartzman directed several short videos for the Museum of Tolerance. He designed the eight-screen video exhibit "Visions & Values" for the Skirball Cultural Center and was the Creative Director of the "Voices & Visions" poster series, visual interpretations of Jewish quotations. He is also the author of "Graven Images: Graphic Motifs of the Jewish Gravestone." Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001, Schwartzman was conferred the distinction of "Royal Designer" (RDI) by Great Britain's Royal Society of Arts in 2006.

LAMOTH proudly announces our new and meaningful commemoration project, The Community Wall at LAMOTH. The Community Wall will be a space where we will honor and remember those we hold dear to our hearts; from a young girl approaching her bat mitzvah, to a Survivor whose story has touched many lives. The funds raised will go directly to ensuring free holocaust education for all visitors, LAMOTH’s foundational mission.

The quote on the Community Wall reads “A community is too heavy for anyone to carry alone” (Deuteronomy, Rabbah 1:10). We honor those who carry this Museum and who are active participants in the work of Holocaust commemoration and education; we remember those who perished in the Holocaust; we honor our parents or grandparents who inspire us; we honor our children and grandchildren for their commitment to Jewish learning; we pay tribute to a community member who has strengthened Jewish life; we celebrate a dedicated Museum volunteer; we celebrate and honor the commitment of Bnai Mitzvah.

For each contribution of $3,600 or more, the names of both the person being honored or remembered and the donor will be added to the wall. The Community Wall was designed and created by noted artist, filmmaker and graphic designer Arnold Schwartzman (see sidebar). Schwartzman was inspired by the Pinkas Synagogue in Prague, where the names of 77,297 Jewish victims from Bohemia and Moravia are inscribed on the walls.

For more information, please contact the Development Department at (323) 456-5078 or .


LAMOTH is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, federal tax ID 46-0503824. All donations are tax-deductible.