LAMOTH, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust – Hagy Belzberg Architects

LAMOTH is the oldest Holocaust museum in the United States.  In 1961 at Hollywood High School, a group of Survivors taking English as a Second Language classes found one another and shared their experiences.  They discovered that each of them had a photograph, concentration camp uniform, or other precious primary source object from the Holocaust era.  They decided that these artifacts needed a permanent home where they could be displayed safely and in perpetuity.  They also wanted a place to memorialize their dead and help to educate the world so that no one would ever forget.  Some of these founding Survivors remain active on the LAMOTH Board of Directors today.