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Sara J. Bloomfield

Commencement Honorary Degree Recipient sbloomfield Sara J. Bloomfield is the director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and an advisor for museums around the world. She will deliver the address at the 2009 undergraduate ceremony on May 24th, 2009.

From the press release:

Sara Bloomfield joined the Museum in 1986 when it was a project in development, grappling with the complex issues of building a “living memorial” to the Holocaust on the National Mall. She served in a number of positions before becoming director in 1999. Under her direction, the Museum created a series of innovative leadership training programs for law enforcement, the military and diplomats, and launched its Academy for Genocide Prevention. She also established the National Institute for Holocaust Education and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

Ms. Bloomfield has led several complex negotiations on behalf of the Museum, including diplomatic efforts to open the largest closed archive in the world, the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany. She also negotiated sensitive agreements to rescue endangered artifacts and archives that document the Holocaust in Croatia. For the Museum’s 10th Anniversary, she secured the first-ever loan of a variety of Anne Frank’s original writings, including parts of her world-famous diary. Some of these historic manuscripts have never been on view; none had been displayed outside the Netherlands.

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