Shoah gets chief – Expert in history, technology

The Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation has named Douglas Greenberg, former president of the Chicago Historical Society, as its new president and chief executive officer.

"Doug Greenberg’s passionate commitment to tolerance education, his capacity for visionary leadership, and his expertise in the fields of history and information technology make him an ideal choice to lead the Shoah Foundation into the future," said Steven Spielberg, chair and foundation of the Shoah Foundation. 

Greenberg also has been vice president of the American Council of Learned Societies, and has served on the faculties of Rutgers, Princeton and Lawrence universities.

He currently works as lead consultant for technology, preservation and access projects at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

He will begin working with the Shoah Foundation on September 5, 2000.

While Greenberg was president of the Chicago Historical Society, its budget nearly doubled. He also oversaw the planning and construction of a research center and implemented a major technology initiative.

The Shoah Visual History Foundation was established by Spielberg in 1994 to videotape and preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses.

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