Our New Home

Dear Friends,

This academic year, USC Shoah Foundation has catapulted to a new level of global activity – and into a new home in the top floor of Leavey Library – thanks to the support and commitment of people throughout our community.

In addition to doubling the space, our new state-of-the-art headquarters provides public access to the Institute for the first time, and the flexible, open floorplan allows our team to host classrooms, all-staff meetings, and visitors from across the world, all while supporting staff collaboration and community.

Now in a sunlit, collaborative space by award-winning architect Hagy Belzberg, our new headquarters centralizes the Institute’s programs into a single space—a center of living history that serves as a vital exchange for research, education, and communication to build human understanding. For visitors, the museum-quality exhibits invite audiences to connect with our work and explore interactive biographies, touchscreen displays, and art inspired by the stories of witnesses.

The new space was made possible through visionary gifts from longtime supporters George and Irina Schaeffer, and Board of Councilors member Melinda Goldrich and her sister Andrea Cayton, who together head the Goldrich Family Foundation. All who come to work and learn at USC Shoah Foundation will experience the George and Irina Schaeffer Hall for Genocide Study and the Jona Goldrich Center for Digital Storytelling, named in honor of Melinda and Andrea’s father, a Holocaust survivor from Poland whose testimony is in the Visual History Archive. Several other benefactors have named spaces on the floor through endowment gifts, building permanent resources for the ongoing work of the Institute. Learn more about the Institute’s amazing new space and discover additional named giving opportunities on this website.


Stephen Smith, PhD
Executive Director
Andrew J. and Erna Finci Viterbi Endowed Chair
UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education
Adjunct Professor of Religion



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