Richard Freedman was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and is a graduate of The University of Cape Town and of Wits University(Johannesburg) He taught History and English in Cape Town high schools and was appointed principal of Herzlia Weizmann School in 1990, a position he held until 2005. He served as chairman of the Association of Principals of Jewish Day Schools of Southern Africa and also served on the executive committee of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (Western Cape).
He has delivered papers and conducted seminars on Holocaust Education in South Africain South Africa, Germany, Israel; UK and Namibia, France and Australia. He is a fellow of the United States Holocaust Museum and the Salzburg Global Seminars and has been a guide on the International adult “March of the Living”.
In 2006 he was appointed director of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre and in 2007 Director of The South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation. He holds both positions.