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Randy Schoenberg (yes, grandson of composer) on the new Holocaust museum in Pan Pacific Park

October 14, 2010 |  9:30 am

Schoenberg The last time Randy Schoenberg, grandson of the famous composer, made headlines, he was the lawyer representing L.A. resident Maria Altmann in her attempts -- ultimately successful -- to recover five Nazi-looted Klimt paintings.

"Yes, it was the case of a lifetime," he says, describing the seven-year journey that took him to the U.S. Supreme Court and then into binding arbitration in Austria. It was also the financial gain of a lifetime, with Schoenberg's cut, according to Forbes, exceeding $100 million.

That was four years ago. Since then, Schoenberg has put his new wealth and free time to  use by overseeing the building of a new $19-million home for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in Pan Pacific Park.

Click here to read more about Schoenberg's vision for the museum, which opens to the public this week with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.

-- Jori Finkel

Above: Randy Schoenberg demonstrates a touch-screen interactive table in one of the galleries at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times