Sara J. Bloomfield is director of the
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a global institution that
raises Holocaust awareness, deepens understanding of the lessons of the
Holocaust, confronts denial, and advances genocide prevention.
Bloomfield joined the museum in 1986 when
it was a project in development. She served in a number of positions
before becoming director in 1999. Bloomfield established the museum’s
Institute for Holocaust Documentation; the Levine Institute for
Holocaust Education; the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for
Advanced Holocaust Studies; and the Simon-Skjodt Center for the
Prevention of Genocide. In 2007, the museum’s diplomatic efforts led to
the opening of the International Tracing Service Archive in Bad Arolsen,
Germany. For the museum’s 10th Anniversary, Bloomfield obtained the
first-ever loan of Anne Frank’s original writings. During the Balkan
wars of the 1990s, Bloomfield negotiated an understanding to rescue
endangered artifacts and archives that document the Holocaust in
She serves on the International Auschwitz
Council, has been a member of the board of the International Council of
Museums/USA, and is a recipient of the Officers Cross of the Order of
Merit of the Republic of Poland. She was also the first recipient of the
Jan Karski Award of the Anti-Defamation League, Washington Chapter.
Bloomfield holds a Bachelor of Arts in
English literature from Northwestern University, and a Master’s in
education from John Carroll University.