ALAN AND SUSAN CASDEN CONTRIBUTE REPLICA OF SIMON WIESENTHAL VIENNA OFFICE AT MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE
LOS ANGELES -- Alan and Susan Casden have contributed a recreation of the office of Simon Wiesenthal, the famed Nazi hunter, at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles where it will be a major interactive multimedia exhibit.
The office is exactly as it was at the Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna that Wiesenthal founded. It includes all of Wiesenthal's personal library, documents and furniture as well as his many honors including the Legion of Honor and the Congressional Gold Medal.
Wiesenthal, a survivor of the Nazi death camps, dedicated his life to documenting the crimes of the Holocaust and to hunting down the perpetrators still at large. "When history looks back," Wiesenthal explained, "I want people to know the Nazis weren't able to kill millions of people and get away with it."
“Meeting Simon Wiesenthal 30 years ago sent me on a lifelong journey filled with determination and commitment to fight intolerance and anti-Semitism, to lead the building of this great museum which took over 9 years and to support Israel in every way I can,” said Casden who served for 25 years as the Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international human rights agency with an American constituency of 500,000 families.
Casden was a major contributor and served as Building Chair for the Museum of Tolerance and also endowed the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life at USC. He has served as a National Vice-Chairman for the State of Israel Bonds campaign and the Chairman of the Los Angeles area bond campaign and in 2006 was honored as the State of Israel Bonds Man of the Year. He also received the Extraordinary Service Medal personally presented by Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Last year he was presented the Israel-American Chamber of Commerce Award in Tel Aviv for his contribution to the Israeli economy. He currently is developing the 400-foot White City Tower in Tel Aviv.
Casden is the CEO and founder of Beverly Hills-based Casden Properties, one of the nation's largest multi-family housing developers. The company's latest is Palazzo Westwood Village expected to be an important catalyst for village revitalization with its 350 rental homes and premier retailers led by the popular Trader Joe's.