Architect, author discuss Holocaust Museum’s expansion

| March 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

EXPANDED MUSEUM will include outdoor reflective spaces.

Architect Hagy Belzberg will talk with author Greg Goldin about the Holocaust Museum LA’s “Building Truth” expansion project.

The conversation will take place on Sun., April 30, at 5 p.m. at the museum, 100 The Grove Dr.

The museum is getting ready to break ground on an expansion of the Jona Goldrich Campus, whose original building, designed by Museum board member and award-winning architect Belzberg, opened in 2010.

According to museum officials, the museum has insufficient capacity, especially during school hours.

The expansion will double the museum’s footprint without taking away any green space from Pan Pacific Park, where the museum is located on the northwestern edges. The expansion facilities will include a learning center pavilion, 200-seat theater and the USC Shoah Foundation’s Dimensions in Testimony exhibit — a collection of 3D interactive genocide survivor testimonies. The expanded campus also will include outdoor reflective spaces, a 2,500-square-foot special exhibit space and a new pavilion — built on top of the original — to house an authentic boxcar found outside a death camp in Poland.

While Belzberg’s father escaped from Poland in 1932, the architect subsequently lost family members in the Holocaust.

Belzberg will be interviewed by Goldin, an architecture critic and author, who is working on his new book, “The Phaidon Atlas of Never Built Architecture,” to be released in the fall. Goldin also is the president of the Miracle Mile Residential Association.

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