February 25, 2008
RICHARD AND RHODA GOLDMAN FOUNDATION JOINS UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM’S PILLARS OF MEMORY SOCIETY
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Foundation, based in San Francisco, CA, recently became a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Pillars of Memory Society with a second gift of $1 million to the Museum. The Pillars of Memory Society is comprised of individuals and organizations who have given gifts of at least $2 million to the Museum. This gift will support the Museum’s Web site translation efforts. Portions of the Museum’s Web site have been translated into Spanish, French, Arabic, and Farsi. Urdu, Chinese, Russian, Turkish and Portuguese translations are in development.
“Now more than ever, spreading accurate information about the Holocaust and the history of the Jewish people is of great importance,” said Foundation President Richard N. Goldman. “We commend the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s efforts to provide people from every corner of the world with education of this nature.”
The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Foundation’s name will be engraved on the Museum’s Pillars of Memory Wall this spring. The Foundation is also a member of the Museum’s Founders Society, comprised of 141 individuals, foundations and organizations that have donated $1 million or more to the Museum.
“The Holocaust is increasingly being questioned—from the outrageous denial of the Iranian president to attempts to distort or minimize it,” said Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield. “Providing authoritative information, in the native language of people who need access to it, is imperative. The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Foundation’s generous gift will help the Museum do this by expanding our ‘Global Classroom’ to audiences worldwide.”
The Museum’s Web site is the leading online source of Holocaust information. In 2007, more than 23 million people visited the site, almost one-half of whom were from outside of the United States and from every country in the world except North Korea.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was created to inspire leaders and citizens to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity and strengthen democracy. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanence, and donors nationwide make possible its educational activities and global outreach. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.