Build­ing starts on $20m LA mu­seum

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News -

Con­struC­tion­has­be­gunon­theLos an­ge­lesMu­seum of the holo­caust, sched­uled to open in 2010.

the $20 mil­lion (£11.5m) project will in­clude a li­brary and an archive in a 15,000 sq ft build­ing, in­te­grated with the six black gran­ite col­umns of the ex­ist­ing holo­caust Mar­tyrs’ Memo­rial. some 50,000 vis­i­tors are ex­pected each year, with holo­caust sur­vivors or their di­rect de­scen­dants serv­ing as guides.

the new mu­seum orig­i­nated with a group of sur­vivors in 1961, but has been lo­cated in a se­ries of tem­po­rary quar­ters un­til now.

some ques­tions have been raised in the Jewish com­mu­nity whether money spent on holo­caust memo­ri­als and ed­u­ca­tion would not be put to bet­ter use fight­ing poverty, dis­ease and myr­iad other causes. LaMh pres­i­dent ran­dol schoen­berg re­sponded by say­ing: “You can ask the same ques­tion about money given to art and mu­sic. Life is more than just phys­i­cal sur­vival.”

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