Moving the Collection of Record on the Holocaust into Its Permanent Home
A historic project four years in the making is culminating in the move of the Museum’s National Institute for Holocaust Documentation into the new 103,000-square-foot David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center. As we go to press, 90 percent of the Museum’s collection has moved safely into its permanent home.
You get one chance to do this, and it has to be right. Nothing in our collection is replaceable, period. — Collections Move Project Manager Randy Davis
SNAPSHOT: Preparing to Move One Family’s Story
Both were born in Poland. Both managed to defy the Nazis and survive. Although Oscar Albert’s and Doba Dreszner’s stories of survival are very different, each kept a green metal box that symbolized the return to humanity. They married after the war and the boxes stayed with them as they rebuilt their lives in America. In 2014, their daughter, Helen Albert, donated these family treasures — the toolbox given to Oscar in a displaced persons camp as part of vocational training and the gift box Doba received in the Jewish orphanage where she lived after the war — to the Museum.
Every aspect of this project is about the long-term preservation and security of the collection. The move is only the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the Museum. — Director of Collection Services Travis Roxlau