Born in Poland, Nathan Shapell spent World War II as a prisoner of the
infamous Buchenwald and Auschwitz Concentration Camps where most of his
family members, including his mother, were executed. In 1952, Nathan and Lilly Shapell, along with their daughter Vera, immigrated to the United States. Mrs. Lilly Shapell, his wife of 48 years,passed away in 1994.
Mr. Shapell was a major philanthropist here in America, as well as in
Israel. He was a Founder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and was also a major donor to Yad Vashem, Israel's official Holocaust museum
Mr. Shapell is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Vera and Paul
Guerin; grand-children, Lisa, Dana, and Michael; and three
great-grandchildren, as well as his brother David Shapell and
brother-in-law Max Webb.