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Collections, Conservation and Research Center


The David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center

In 50 countries across six continents, the Museum is aggressively collecting evidence of the Holocaust before it is too late—before fragile documents and artifacts disintegrate and while those who can bear witness are still able to do so. The Museum collection is the foundation for ensuring the permanence of Holocaust remembrance, research, and education. With the rise of Holocaust denial, the power and authenticity of our collection assumes ever greater urgency.

Safeguarding Truth Forever

Safeguarding Truth Forever

Survivors David* and Fela Shapell and their family led the effort to build a new state-of-the-art collections, conservation and research center, but still need your support.

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  • The Museum collection is expected to double in size over the next decade. Currently 103,000 square feet, the Shapell Center incorporates planned expansion for the collection’s growth.
  • As the collection grows, so do the challenges to conserve it and prevent further deterioration of objects that were never meant to become part of a museum collection.
  • The Shapell Center includes highly specialized laboratories, equipment, and climate-controlled environments to preserve the wide variety of media and artifacts in the Museum’s vast collection. The Museum is a world leader in the preservation of perishable artifacts.
  • The Shapell Center serves as a vital hub of activity supporting acquisition, preservation, access, and educational use of the collection.

Join This Historic Effort

Naming opportunities are still available starting at $75,000. Your generosity will be prominently recognized at the Shapell Center, in the Museum on our donor walls, and on our website. Gifts of $1,000,000 and above will be recognized in a special collections, conservation and research center display that provides our close to two million annual visitors with a greater understanding of the collection’s significance in safeguarding truth forever.

For more information, please contact Allison Lurey, Campaign Director, at

Thanking Our Donors

The Museum is deeply grateful to the following donors for their generous support of The David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center and their commitment to safeguarding truth for future generations.

Gifts of $15 million or more
The David and Fela Shapell Family Foundation

Gifts of $5 million or more

Estate of Bernard Aptaker
Family of William* and Sheila Konar

Joan and Robert* Rechnitz and Family

Gifts of $2 million or more

The Klarman Family Foundation
Susan and William S. Levine and Family

Maltz Family Foundation
Linda and Schuyler Sylvers

Gifts of $1 million or more

Peter* and Adrienne Feuer
In Memory of Sanford Lipson

Howard M. Lorber and Family
The Unger Family

Gifts of $500,000 or more

Caryn J. Clayman
Lisa and Sandy L. Gottesman
Jeremy and Abbi Halpern

Frank Liebermann
The Gerald Rosenbluth Family Foundation—GNR & MJR
Paul and Susan Sugarman and Family

Gifts of $250,000 or more

Susie and Michael Gelman
Danielle Rudas Goodman and Jordan Goodman
The Hillside Foundation—Allan and Shelley Holt
Steven and Suzanne Hilton
Marcia and Alan Lazowski

The Malkin Family
Linda and Richard Price and Family
Burton Reiner Family
The Wilf Family Foundation
JM Zell Partners—Jeff, Lauri, Helen, Sam and Arlene Zell

Gifts of $150,000 or more

Sandy and Harvey Belfer
Amy and Andrew Cohn
Ernst and Paula Deutsch
Lee and Bonnie Feinberg

Ellen and Gerry Sigal
The Wagner-Braunsberg Family Foundation
Weinberg Family Foundations

Gifts of $75,000 or more

Jessica Abrahams and
Christopher Fleming
BB&T Corporation
Tom and Andi Bernstein
Family of David T. Chase
Eva Cooper
Karen Lansky Edlin and Andrew Edlin
Mimi Fiszel
Michael and Nancy Fox and Edye and Steven Abrams
Herman, Bertha and Ari Friedman/Cohen Foundation
Joel M. and Roya* Geiderman
Connie and David Girard-diCarlo
Ronen Israel and Mindy Nagorsky-Israel

Debra and Robert Kasirer
Jory and Jill Katlin
Arno Motulsky Family
Passion Growers LLC—Jacob Citrin and Cheryl and Jaime Peisach
The Pechter Family Foundation
Sheila Johnson Robbins
Bella Rosenberg
Amy and Kirk Rudy
Gary and Phyllis Schahet
J. Mark and Lorraine Schapiro
Schwarz Foundation
In Memory of Joey Smith
Takiff Family Foundation

Gifts of $50,000 or more

Chicago Teen Committee
Thomas Cronk and Kathryn Engelhardt-Cronk
The Funger Foundation

The Perlman Family Foundation, Founded by Louis and Anita Perlman
Felice Zimmern Stokes
Diane and Howard Wohl

Gifts of $25,000 or more

The Abt Family Foundation
Debrah Lee Charatan and Steven Holm
Sidney and Kyra Ferenc
Sylvia Greenberg *
Scott and Laura Kaufman

The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
South Florida Business-Professional Advisory Committee (B-PAC)
Wendy and Marc Stanley
Washington Next Generation Board
Lori and Martin Weinstein

Gifts of $10,000 or more

Frances and Leon* Hirsh
Levy-Markus Foundation

Jan and Marv Rotter and Family
Mary Jane Rynd

Gifts of $1,000 or more

Mitchell and Allison Allen
Peter Catalano
Paul and Charlotte Chandler
Marlin and David E. Feldman
Charlie Fischer
David M. and Ilene M. Flaum
Rachelle and Michael Guerin
Joseph and Sheila Gutman Family
Pamela Herbst
Maria and William* Herskovic
Shelly and Billy Himmelrich
Heidi and Robert Hirsh
Hochberg and Lowenstein Families
Lynne Karen
Aviva Kempner
Sunny and James Kincaid
Rebecca Knaster
Susan and Bruce Konheim

Dr. Donald Levine and Dr. Diane Levine
Norman and Nancy Lindauer
Livney Family Foundation
Susan Miller and Carl A. Miller
Stacey Petito Nowack and Mitchell Nowack
Lisa and Richard Perry
Stacy Reines
Jean and Bill Rosenbluth
Toby and Noel Siegel
Daniel and Irene Simpkins
Robert and Tracy Slatoff
Steven Starker
Sara and Phil Stern
Ariel Weil
Seth and Kate Wernick
Inez and Alexander White
Susan and Steven Zinn