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October 15, 2014

Skokie Review | Unprecedented pairing: Skokie and Evanston team to address racism

An unprecedented collaboration between Skokie and Evanston — between two important institutions in these two towns — have come together rather by happenstance.
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October 14, 2014

Chicago Reader | A new exhibition challenges stereotypes about race

There are plenty of things to look at in “RACE: Are We So Different?”, a traveling exhibit that originated at the Science Museum of Minnesota and has now settled in for three months at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.
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October 12, 2014

Splash Magazine | “RACE” Are We So Different?” Review- Seeing Race Differently

Chicagoland residents and visitors have a very special opportunity.
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October 11, 2014

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum, Evanston YWCA opens new exhibition on race

Race. There may not be a four-letter word that inspires more discussion, debate and controversy than this one.
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October 9, 2014

Chicago Now | Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – October 10, 11 and 12

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – October 10, 11 and 12.
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October 8, 2014

The Daily Northwestern | YWCA sponsors Illinois art exhibit focused on race

The YWCA Evanston/North Shore has partnered with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center to bring an exhibit about race and its origins to the museum starting Sunday.
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October 7, 2014

Kelley Szany’s Blog | I believe in Humanity. Will you join me?
A few weeks ago I experienced the loss of a tremendous friend, Cipora Katz.
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October 7, 2014

African American Literature Discussion Group Blog | RACE-What is it really?

We see it all the time: on surveys, Census forms, applications : “What’s your race?”
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October 1, 2014

Modern Luxury NS | Life on Display
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September 30, 2014

Chicago Splash Magazine | Zoom In: Skokie

The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s new CEO Susan Abrams shares her Skokie favorites.
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September 23, 2014

NWI Times | Educating NWI about the Holocaust

Teaching today’s students about the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and genocide provides challenges for educators at all levels.
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September 22, 2014

Lincolnwood Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum honor Jan Karski centennial birthday

Jan Karski never considered himself a hero, which is just how heroes like Jan Karski often feel about themselves.
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September 19, 2014

Jan Karski Educational Foundation | Karski Exhibition Thrills Diverse Audience at Illinois Holocaust Museum

The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity exhibition was launched at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (IHMEC) on September 17, with a momentous opening attended by numerous VIPs, including a strong presence from the Polish and Jewish communities.
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September 19, 2014

Trinity Christian College | Honors Course Visit to Holocaust Museum Extends Learning

The Honors Seminar course “Representing the Tragic: Considering History, Aesthetics, and Resistance in Holocaust Drama,” taught by Dr. John Sebestyen, associate professor of communication arts, is an example of that. Sebestyen took his class to Skokie, Illinois to visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
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September 18, 2014

Lincolnwood Review | Jan Karski: Museum opens exhibition on Polish Holocaust hero

One of the first plaques to be installed on the Ferro Fountain of the Righteous wall outside the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center was one honoring Jan Karski, an emissary for the Polish Underground State during World War II.
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September 16, 2014

Splash Magazine | Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Day at the Races Event

More than 250 supporters of the Illinois Holocaust Museum were the front runners at the annual Day at the Races benefit hosted by the Museum’s Women’s Leadership Committee at Arlington International Racecourse (2200 W. Euclid) Sept. 14.
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September 16, 2014

Chicago Tonight | Art and History Merge in Artist’s Incredible Life Story

The Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie presents a rare stateside showing of the tragic yet life-affirming work of a painter who painted nearly 1,300 pictures in just 18 months of her life.
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September 6, 2014

Lincolnwood Review | October events at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

New exhibition opens October 12.
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September 3, 2014

SkokieNet | The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center announces the opening of “The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity” on September 17, 2014.
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September 3, 2014

Skokie Patch | The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity: An Exhibition About One Man Who Tried to Stop the Holocaust

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is pleased to host The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission For Humanity, during the centennial year of Jan Karski’s birth.
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August 28, 2014

Chicago Tribune | Heed the warning signs of rising anti-semitism

The recent and severe spike in anti-semitism is a warning to people everywhere.
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August 25, 2014

Evanston Review | Holocaust survivors attend celebratory brunch at IHMEC

More than 100 Holocaust survivors attended a celebratory brunch at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie on Aug. 7.
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August 18, 2014

Skokie Review | New heroes join Holocaust Museum’s Fountain of Righteous

“There is no greater show of humanity than to risk one’s own life to save the life of others.”

Vice Consul for Poland Konrad Zielinski spoke those meaningful words Aug. 13 outside the Illinois Holocaust Museum and in front of the Ferro Fountain of the Righteous, dedicated to just such humanity.
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August 16, 2014

Crain’s Chicago Business | An art exhibit honors a lost son

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s exhibit of work by Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon began six years ago when Norman Bobins was in Amsterdam.
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August 13, 2014

CBS Chicago | Italian Family, Polish Man Honored By Illinois Holocaust Museum

They risked their lives to help victims of the Holocaust and on Wednesday, three people were honored for their selfless acts.
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August 12, 2014

Chicago Sun-Times |‘Simple, kind people’ who saved her family in a world gone mad 

Adina Sella readily admits she doesn’t remember much about Giocondo and Annina Marconi, the Italian couple that sheltered her Jewish family during the Holocaust.
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August 6, 2014

Methodist College | Student Blog
On July 26, 2014, a group of students from Methodist College visited the Illinois Holocaust Museum, located in Skokie.
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August 6, 2014

Skokie Review | Salomon’s art offers key comparisons with Anne Frank’s story, diary

Like so many others who have seen Charlotte Salomon’s extraordinary collection of autobiographical art, Gillian Walnes could not help but think of a young writer whose life was also brutally cut short by Nazi genocide.
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August 6, 2014

Lincolnwood Review | The lives, legacies of Charlotte Salomon, Anne Frank

Artist Charlotte Salomon and writer Anne Frank regularly get mentioned together.
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July 30, 2014 

Simply Showbiz | Someone You Should Know Jan Karski and His Mission for Humanity

As an emissary for the Polish Underground, Jan Karski was charged with the critical mission to inform the Allies of the ongoing slaughter of the Jews in German-occupied Poland.
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July 27, 2014

ABC7 Eyewitness News | Holocaust Commission Expanded in Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on Sunday to expand the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission.
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July 24, 2014

Chicago Now | Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend

This special Family Day program explores what we look like on the outside and who we are on the inside through facilitated, art-based activities.
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July 23, 2014

Simply Showbiz | Life? Art? Theater?

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center presents…
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July 23, 2014

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum docent shares memorable tour moments, experiences

“I want the students to understand the power of one individual to make a change.”
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July 21, 2014

Wilmette Life | Chicago museum features Charlotte Salomon: “Life? or Theater?”

Over 150 corporate leaders, Chicago art supporters, diplomats and donors attended an exclusive evening of fine art and music at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s summer opening of Charlotte Salomon: “Life? or Theater?” on June 19.
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July 16, 2014

CopyLine News Magazine | Illinois Holocaust Museum and Anti-Defamation League Host Family Program to Explore Identity Through Art

On Sunday, July 27, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will co-present the family program, Who Am I?: Exploring Identity Through Art.
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July 10, 2014

Lawndale News | Film Director to Attend Screening at Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will hold a public screening of the film A Song for You on Sunday, July 13 at 1:30 p.m.
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July 8, 2014

Lincolnwood Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum spotlight: Visitor services volunteer Florine Marks

Retired Nurse educator Florine Marks works at the Information Desk as a visitor services volunteer at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
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July 8, 2014

Examiner.com | Charlotte Salomon ‘Life? or Theater?’ art showcased at Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Illinois Holocaust Museum is one of the most memorable and educational venues in the Chicagoland area.
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July 7, 2014

Seth Saith Blog | ‘Life? or Theater?’ Paints a Moving Picture of Charlotte Salomon — Museum Exhibit Review

I visited the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, my hometown and a village in which many Holocaust survivors would rebuild their lives–and eventually the museum devoted to disallowing anyone to forget.
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July 1, 2014

Chicago Splash Magazine | Charlotte Salomon: “Life? or Theater?” Review – Prolific and Impactful Images

I have had the opportunity to view many exhibitions at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center over several years and have found each of the exhibitions to be impressive and compelling.
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June 30, 2014

Lincolnwood Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

August events at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
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June 30, 2014

Skokie Review | Holocaust survivor Adina Sella shares inspiring story

Holocaust survivor and retired school psychologist Adina Sella shares her survival story with the community and field trips as a member of the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Speakers’ Bureau.
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June 27, 2014

Chicago Reader | Charlotte Salomon’s Life? Or Theater?: Painting for her life, literally

Charlotte Salomon spent most of 1941 locked in a room in La Belle Aurore, a hotel in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat in the south of France, painting.
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June 26, 2014

JUF News | Charlotte Salomon exhibit opens at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center has announced the summer opening of Charlotte Salomon: “Life? or Theater?”
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June 24, 2014

Lincolnwood Review | Amsterdam curator introduces masterpiece paintings in Skokie

Had artist Charlotte Salomon lived to age 90 and presented the same volume and quality of work toward the end of her life, the results would have been viewed as extraordinary.
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June 24, 2014

Skokie Review | Artist Charlotte Salomon’s short life steeped in tragedy

A brief timeline of Charlotte Salomon’s life.
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June 24, 2014

Skokie Review | Video: How artist Charlotte Salomon’s epic was saved and came to Skokie

The two brief sentences that artist Charlotte Solomon said before being captured by the Nazis best explains why her masterpiece series of autobiographical drawings outlived her. “Keep this safe. It is my whole life,” she told a local doctor about a year before she was sent to her death in Auschwitz.
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June 18, 2014

Chicago Tonight | An Artist in Hiding: One Woman’s Passionate Chronicle of Life During Wartime

A young Jewish artist named Charlotte Salomon illustrated her family life in pre-war Germany and in Nazi-occupied France. This week her lyrical, moving works make a rare visit to the Chicago area.
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June 13, 2014

Make It Better | 99 Days of Summer: June 2014

Hoping to escape Nazi oppression during World War II, Charlotte Salomon fled to France and spent two years painting.
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June 12, 2014

Niles-Herald Spectator | Holocaust Museum displays Charlotte Salomon masterpiece

German-born artist Charlotte Salomon created more than 1,300 gouache paintings in her short life.
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June 9, 2014

Lincolnwood Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum docent Laura Schallman shares fulfilling experiences

When Buffalo Grove resident Laura Schallman isn’t helping high school and college students prepare for standardized tests, she is conducting tours for visitors of all ages and backgrounds as a docent at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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June 7, 2014

CLTV | Free museum admission for some bank customers

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch are treating customers to a cultural experience this weekend.
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June 6, 2014

Skokie Review | Charlotte Salomon: “Life? or Theater?” June 19-Sept 21 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is pleased to announce the summer opening of Charlotte Salomon: “Life? or Theater?”
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June 2, 2014

Chief Engineer | Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Furthers Preservation Mission Through Sustainability Measures

Evette Simon, the acting executive director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, draws a parallel between preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by combatting indifference and preserving the environment through maintaining a conscientiously sustainable facility.
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May 27, 2014

Chicago Parent | Family Workshop: Photography Fun!

Join Chicago photographer Matthew Austin to explore photography as a means of storytelling by making a pinhole camera and composing fleeting images throughout the museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces.
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May 24, 2014

The North Shore Weekend | Living History

Holocaust museum thrives from survivors’ input – but also realizes their time is finite.
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May 22, 2014

Skokie Review | Things to do

Chicago photographer Matthew Austin will teach kids ages 8-14, with an adult, how to use photography for storytelling at a Family Workshop: Photography Fun!,
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May 21, 2014

What’s Happening! | IHMEC to Offer Free Admission to Military Personnel, Families
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May 14, 2014

Aiding Children Together | 5th and 6th Grade Student Leadership Day

On Wednesday, May 7th, six 6th graders and two teachers attended Student Leadership Day at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
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May 12, 2014

Pix 11 | News Closeup: Holocaust survivor awarded Ellis Island medal of honor

A victim of intolerance, Sam Harris teaches tolerance with hopes that the world will never forget the horrors of World War II.
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May 7, 2014

SimplyShowbiz | Exhibiting 102-year-old photojournalist’s remarkable work

“Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist” (currently on display at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center) celebrates the remarkable life, vision, and heroic tenacity of a 20th century pioneer and trailblazing photojournalist.
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May 7, 2014

Chicago Reader | Reader’s agenda Wed 5/7: Ruth Gruber

Looking for something to do today? Agenda’s got you covered.
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May 2, 2014

Glenview Announcements | GBS teacher receives Illinois Holocaust Museum award

From college years to his human rights work today at Glenbrook South High School, social studies teacher Matt Whipple has pursued an uncommon calling.
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April 30, 2014

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum commemorates Yom HaShoah with concert

On Sunday, April 27, 2014, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center hosted a moving concert to commemorate Yom HaShoah.
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April 29, 2014

Lincolnwood Review | Holocaust Museum & Education Center June events
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April 29, 2014

Times of Israel | The woman who launched 1,000 Jewish refugees

Ruth Gruber, the photojournalist/diplomat who helped bring to the US the only Jewish refugees America helped escape from the Nazis, is on exhibit in Chicago at 102.
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April 28, 2014

FOX 32 News | Skokie Holocaust museum hopes visitors learn from the past

Beginning Sunday night at sundown, people of the Jewish faith all around the world began a day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust.
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April 25, 2014

Chicago Tribune | Susan Abrams and the Illinois Holocaust Museum

New issues, same mission for incoming chief of Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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April 22, 2014

Journal & Topics Newspapers | GBS Club Sponsor Stands for Award

The co-sponsor of Glenbrook South’s Stand for Peace organization will receive the Power of One award in late April, presented through the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
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April 18, 2014

Norridge-Harwood Heights News | Ridgewood students place in Holocaust essay contest

Ten Ridgewood High School students were among the top 10 entrants in an Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center essay contest.
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April 17, 2014

Lake County News-Sun | Chicagoing

NPR Worldview host Jerome McDonnell will interview Tutsi survivors Immaculee Mukantaganira and Jean Claude Mugenzi, who will share their stories of survival, reconciliation, and renewal in the aftermath of atrocity.
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April 15, 2014

The Rebel Yell | The Ridgewood Six

On Sunday, the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie held its annual awards ceremony to honor the winning students in the Gershanov Memorial Student Essay Contest.
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April 2, 2014

WBEZ | Rwanda in the Aftermath of Genocide

Join the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in observance of the 20th Commemoration of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, as we remember the estimated 1 million lives lost, and unite to ensure our continued vigilance and prevention of genocide today.
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April 1, 2014

Skokie Review | Half-price Holocaust Museum admission for Skokie, Morton Grove residents

To celebrate its fifth anniversary on April 19, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is offering half-price admission to Skokie and Morton Grove residents for the entire month of April, as a thank you to the villages for their support.
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March 31, 2014

Chicago Sun-Times: Splash | Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Nobel Peace Laureate and former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger helped draw a crowd of more than 1,600 to the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Upper Wacker) March 20 for the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner.
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March 28, 2014

Michigan Avenue Magazine | Illinois Holocaust Museum Humanitarian Awards Dinner

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s 2014 Humanitarian Awards Dinner took place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on March 20, 2014.
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March 27, 2014

Chicago Tribune | Illinois Holocaust Museum Pays Tribute to Local Holocaust Survivors at Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Former U.S. Secretary of State (1973-1977) and Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Henry Kissinger joined Chicago’s foremost civic, business and charitable leaders, community members, local Holocaust survivors, and international dignitaries at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on March 20 to celebrate the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s 2014 Humanitarian Awards Dinner, honoring three extraordinary individuals and paying tribute to local Holocaust survivors.
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March 27, 2014

Splash Magazines | Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human rights

Helen Suzman was one of South Africa’s most vociferous and energetic opponents of apartheid.
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March 25, 2014

Skokie Review | New Holocaust Museum CEO aims to expand Museum’s reach

It’s a long distance between the East Coast where Susan Abrams grew up and the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie where she will take over the leading role late next month.
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March 24, 2014

Skokie Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum dinner marks new chapter

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s annual Humanitarian Awards dinner serves multiple purposes in a big and bold way.
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March 21, 2014

Crain’s Chicago Business | Museum raises $2.3 million, John Rowe named board chair

John Rowe, former chairman and CEO of Exelon Corp., has been named board chairman of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
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March 19, 2014

Jan Karski Educational Foundation | Karski Exhibition to Open at Illinois Holocaust Museum September 17

 The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity, a 22-panel exhibition about the life and legacy of Jan Karski, will open for a three-and-a-half month run at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie with a gala reception on September 17, it was announced today.
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March 18, 2014

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum, Evanston YWCA unveil plan for race exhibit

It’s a subject that many find difficult to raise and perhaps even more difficult to discuss in a meaningful way.
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March 13, 2014

Daily Herald | Illinois Holocaust Museum announces new CEO

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center has a new chief executive.
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March 13, 2014

Skokie Review | Susan L. Abrams chosen as new Holocaust Museum director

The chief operating officer of JCC Chicago will become the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s second executive director, the museum announced this week.
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March 12, 2014

Chicago Tribune | Susan L. Abrams appointed new Holocaust Museum Chief

Susan L. Abrams has been appointed chief executive officer of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, in Skokie.
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March 12, 2014

Crain’s Chicago Business | Jewish Community Center’s Susan Abrams

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center has appointed Susan Abrams as its new CEO.
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March 12, 2014

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Announces New CEO
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March 10, 2014

JUF News | Emmy-award winning doc about neo-Nazi march in Skokie to air on WTTW

The Emmy Award-winning documentary Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered will air Thursday, April 24 at 9 p.m. on WTTW.
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March 7, 2014

Chicago Tribune | David Layman, exhibit designer, tells our harrowing stories

The two hours Layman took to explain what his firm did in Skokie, a sort of ultimate guided tour, were absolutely fascinating.
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March 6, 2014

The Daily Northwestern | New exhibition looks to focus on race

A number of local partners are joining together to present an exhibition with a new perspective on race.
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February 27, 2014

Chicago Tribune | 15 things to do with your kids this week

Author/illustrator “Mrs. Weisz,” creator of “One Thousand and One Words” comes to the Holocaust Museum for an art program that encourages kids to learn how to use helpful, not hurtful, speech.Read online >

February 25, 2014

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum zooms in on photojournalist Ruth Gruber

“Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist” may seem like an ordinary title for such an extraordinary new exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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February 25, 2014

Skokie Review| Ruth Gruber’s story gets film, exhibit spotlight at Holocaust Museum

A journalist, a writer, an adventurer, a photographer, a woman well ahead of her time, Gruber has a way of inspiring people.
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February 20, 2014

Chicago Reader | Bike Winter Art Show, “Our Work: Modern Jobs—Ancient Origins,” and the rest of your weekend in visual arts

Take a gander at something visually stimulating this weekend. Here’s what’s going down in visual arts.
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February 19, 2014

NBC Chicago | Illinois Leads Nation in “Green” Buildings

Illinois leads the nation in the amount “green” building space it has, according to a new survey released by the U.S. Green Building Council.
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February 19, 2014

Mynorthshoreblog.com | Great Museums on the Chicago North Shore!

Chicago’s North Shore has long had a reputation for being a hotbed of culture, artistic appreciation and intellectual engagement.
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February 18, 2014

Chicago Reader | A few more tales from the amazing life of Ruth Gruber

Ruth Gruber, the 102-year-old photographer whose work goes on display this Sunday at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, has had an amazing life.
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February 17, 2014

Chicago Reader | Photojournalist Ruth Gruber, 102 and still ahead of her time

For Gruber, who’s captured everyone from Holocaust survivors to Ethiopian Civil War refugees, words and pictures are tools to inspire others to act.
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February 11, 2014

Morton Grove Champion I | Family Program ‘One Thousand and One Words’ at the Holocaust Museum

Join “Mrs. Weisz,” author and illustrator of One Thousand and One Words, for an afternoon of family fun.
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February 6, 2014

Chicago Tribune | Bittersweet farewell: Rick Hirschhaut exits the Holocaust Museum he helped build

It’s Friday morning in Skokie, and several elementary school kids are huddling around two large TV screens, intently watching Sam Harris describe what happened to him during the Holocaust and how he’s trying to prevent it from happening again to children like them.
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February 6, 2014

JUF News | Exhibit on photojournalist Ruth Gruber opens Feb. 16

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (IHMEC) has announced the Midwest premiere of Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist, a fascinating exhibitionthat celebrates the remarkable life, vision, and heroic tenacity of a 20th century pioneer and trailblazing photojournalist.
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February 1, 2014

Sheridan Road Magazine | One Exhibit: February & March

This traveling exhibition displays vintage prints, contemporary prints made from original negatives, early film footage, and ephemera from Ruth Gruber’s trailblazing, five-decade-long career as a photojournalist.
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January 24, 2014

Portagelife.com | Grant Provides Students an Out-of-the-Box Experience

On Saturday, January 11, two Fegely Middle School English teachers, Mrs. Mindy Malaski and Mrs. Lisa Norman, took a group of 50 PreAP students to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois.
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January 23, 2014

Crain’s Chicago Business | 10 things to do in Chicago this weekend

You’ve seen the posters (and the knock-offs). Now see an exhibit about the origins of the saying. The Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles On The Home Front In WWII Britain show at the Illinois Holocaust Museum closes this weekend.
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January 21, 2014

Chicago Tribune | Holocaust survivors commemorate King’s legacy

She was just 10 years old when her mom dropped her off at a train station in Germany.
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January 21, 2014

Skokie Review | Over 750 attend Kristallnacht commemoration

Kristallnacht, the first organized act of Nazi violence, took place Nov. 9, 1938.
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January 21, 2014

Technology Marketing Corporation | Afterschool Program Participants Mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Lesson in Nonviolence

High school and middle school students and their mentors in the Exelon/ComEd/United Way Stay in School Initiative today participated in a service event at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the late civil rights leader’s messages of equality and anti-violence.
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January 14, 2014

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum shines light on anti-apartheid leader

The telephone call came from an Oklahoma teacher who wanted to thank curator Dr. Jill Vexler for her exhibition on one of South Africa’s greatest anti-apartheid leaders.
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January 2, 2014

Chicago Tribune | Previewing 2014′s most exciting museum exhibits

“Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist”
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December 7, 2013

Dirty Laundry Podcast | Holocaust survivor Magda Brown

“Remember the past but transfer the future,” is one of the mantras Holocaust survivor Magda Brown lives by today.
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December 2, 2013

WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift | Kindertransport

Seventy-five years ago today, almost ten thousand Jewish children started turning up in the UK.
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November 19, 2013

The Daily Northwestern | Kristallnacht survivors tells story at Chabad House of Nazi rise to power

Holocaust survivor Ralph Rehbock, the vice president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, speaks frequently about the events that occurred after 1940.
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November 13, 2013

Examiner.com | Keep Calm and Carry On Exhibit at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Keep Calm and Carry On. Yes, we’ve all heard it said, read it on every conceivable product of late, but did you ever wonder where the saying came from?
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November 12, 2013

WBEZ Morning Shift | Holocaust survivor remembers Kristallnacht

Seventy-five years ago, the Nazis’ reign of terror against German Jews reached new heights.
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November 12, 2013

Northbrook Star | Bulgarian heroes honored by Illinois Holocaust Museum

That Bulgaria’s Jewish population in World War II was saved from Hitler’s extermination camps could be considered a miracle, but it shouldn’t be.
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November 9, 2013

ABC 7 Chicago | Kristallnacht 75th anniversary of first Nazi violence

It was a night of remembrance in the northern suburbs on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
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November 8, 2013

CBS 2 | LaGrange Park Library Still Seeking Identity of Person Who Donates Nazi-Era Artifact

Officials at the La Grange Park Public Library want your help in solving a nearly 70-year-old mystery.
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November 8, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times ‘Night of Broken Glass’ worth remembering — and retelling — 75 years later

Ralph Rehbock was a four-year-old Jewish boy visiting Berlin with his parents on the night of Nov. 9, 1938, when Nazis escalated their persecution of Jews in a spasm of violence known since as Kristallnacht.
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November 7, 2013

The Korea Times | HRNK, Holocaust museum to work together against N. Korea prison camps

A U.S. human rights group has teamed up with a Holocaust museum in efforts to call attention to North Korea’s human rights abuses.
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November 7, 2013

Yonhap News | HRNK, Holocaust museum in joint work against N. Korean prison camps
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) said Wednesday it would hold a forum, titled “The Heart of Darkness: North Korea’s Hidden Gulag,” at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center later in the day.
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November 6, 2013

Sun Sentinel | Documentary explores Holocaust survivors and refugees’ community

A new documentary is giving a voice to Holocaust survivors and refugees who founded a community.
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November 5, 2013

The Tribune-Star | CANDLES to show new film on unknown Holocaust survival

A remarkable and little known story of survival in the darkest days of the Holocaust will unfold Friday night at the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute.
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October 25, 2013

WBEZ’s Worldview | One man’s fight to stop the genocide in Darfur

When he arrived in Khartoum, Sudan in March 2003, Dr. Mukesh Kapila says he made “a promise to himself that if he were ever in a position to stop the mass-killers, they would never triumph on his watch.”
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October 8, 2013

Examiner.com | Illinois Holocaust Museum Special Exhibit: Textiles from World War II Britain

Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this temporary exhibit includes World War II British music of the era, home decorations, films and period clothing, among other items.
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October 7, 2013

Chicago Tribune | Brotman: Child survivors of the Holocaust can’t forget

The children have gray hair now. Reading glasses hang from their necks, and at one point in their appearance at Northwestern University last week, Henry Stark cupped an ear.
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October 7, 2013

From Auschwitz to Skokie | Keep Calm and Carry On

On September 29th the Illinois Holocaust Museum opened its newest temporary exhibit, Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britain, a traveling exhibit from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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October 6, 2013

Northern Star | Holocaust survivor wants story heard

Magda Brown is a Holocaust survivor and wants everyone to know it.
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October 2, 2013

Chicago Tribune | Wear this and carry on

World War II touring exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum ties vintage clothing to much more serious subjects
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October 2, 2013

Skokie Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum explores British homefront during World War II

If the latest traveling exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center feels a bit different than others, that’s by design.
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October 1, 2013

Skokie Review | Importance of Edward R. Murrow addressed at Holocaust Museum

Had there never been a broadcast journalist named Edward R. Murrow or his “This is London” radio broadcasts during World War II, would the United States have come to Britain’s aid when it did?
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September 29, 2013

Chicago Tribune | Press Pass: Broadcast from the Blitz

Editorial board member Greg Burns leads panel discussion on the legacy of Edward R. Murrow at Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
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September 24, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times| ‘Keep Calm…’

British fashion did not disappear during the dark depths of World War II.
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September 24, 2013

JUF News| Illinois Holocaust Museum joins Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live!

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center will open its doors free of charge on Saturday Sept. 28 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live!
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September 4, 2013

Skokie Patch | Holocaust Museum to Host “Keep Calm and Carry On”

A presentation this month at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie will showcase textiles from the WWII era.
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September 4, 2013

Lincolnwood Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum to host Midwest premier of ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is pleased to announce the Midwest premiere of Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britain.
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August 30, 2013

Skokie Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum leader to step down after a decade

Other than the founding Holocaust survivors, no one has been the face of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center since its inception more than Executive Director Rick Hirschhaut.
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August 28, 2013

Chicago Tribune | Holocaust Museum Chief to step down

Rick Hirschhaut, executive director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center since 2004, will leave the position early next year, according to the museum.
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August 19, 2013

Highland Park News | Shanghai Ghetto survivors to tour Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center has done a remarkably comprehensive job in covering not only the Holocaust of World War II but global genocide both historically and in current-day times.
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August 16, 2013

The Jewish Daily Forward | The Extraordinary Heroism of Hannah Senesh

“I think a lot about Gyuri and also about Mother out of fear and a terrible lack of faith: who knows if I will see them again, and when?” she wrote in her diary.
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August 14, 2013

Chicago Tribune | Shanghai Jewish Refugees

Holocaust survivors who spent their childhood in Shanghai gather in the suburbs this week to remember those who helped them.
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August 8, 2013

JUF News | Time for questions

“Are there bones here?” was the first question asked by a student of our docent, Lana Lake.
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August 2, 2013

The Jewish Press | Rescue and Renewal – Visiting the Illinois Holocaust Museum

By its very definition, a museum is a building that keeps and displays art, artifacts, scientific specimens, or other objects of permanent value.
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July 28, 2013

Journalgazette.net | Israel honors family for WWII heroics

Jan Szubiac grew up in Poland hearing the stories from his grandfather and his mother, Danuta Renk-Mikulska.
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July 26, 2013

Skokie Review| Illinois Holocaust Museum: Polish citizen receives highest Yad Vashem honor

Look closely at the photo – at the nearly 30 family members of all ages who have gathered to celebrate a wedding – and it positively brims with life.
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July 24, 2013

Skokie Patch| Polish Holocaust Hero Honored for Saving Jews

Danuta Renk-Mikulska was a girl when her family hid five Jews from the Nazis. ‘There were so many Jews coming for help and we did what we could.’
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July 16, 2013

Evanston Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibit spotlights Croatian ‘Righteous’

The profound idea behind the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s inspirational Fountain of the Righteous located outside its building now extends to the inside – to a never-before-used narrow hallway on the second floor.
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July 9, 2013

Skokie Review | Two unique exhibits open at Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center recently unveiled two unrelated special exhibits.
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July 8, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times | New Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibit displays Nazi-looted items

The stunning collection of Nazi-looted objects now on display at the Illinois Holocaust Museum is not so much about things as it is about people.
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May 28, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times | Exhibit transcends myths about a Holocaust heroine

Senesh, 23 when she died by firing squad in 1944, has been called the “Israeli Joan of Arc,” but the girl and young woman now on display at the museum is most decidedly made of flesh and blood.
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May 27, 2013

Chicago Tribune | Blue Star Museums

Active duty military personnel and their families receive free admission to various museums in the Chicagoland area.
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May 21, 2013

Skokie Review | Key dates in Hannah Senesh’s short life

“Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh,” an exhibition now on display at the Illinois Holocaust Museum through Sept. 8, recreates the iconic Budapest-born Senesh’s short life mostly through her own words.
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May 21, 2013

Chicago Reader | “This is not a Holocaust story, this is a war story”: The life of Hannah Senesh

“In the end,” says curator Louis Levine of his latest exhibit, dedicated to the life of the poet Hannah Senesh, “this is not a Holocaust story. This is a war story.”
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May 21, 2013

Skokie Review | In her own words: Holocaust Museum’s Hannah Senesh exhibition transcends myth

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s new traveling exhibition isn’t interested in showing Hannah Senesh as an iconic and heroic martyr.
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May 7, 2013

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum honors human trafficking activist

One person who stands up for what is right and tries to stop what is wrong in the world can make a difference, a simple reality behind the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s “Power of One” award.
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May 7, 2013

Pioneer Local | Norridge student’s poem wins award from Illinois Holocaust Museum

The impact of the Holocaust still resonates with a Ridgewood High School student.
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May 6, 2013

Pioneer Local | Suburban teens win Holocaust art contest

Four teens from the northwest suburbs learned this winter how to better think about the world far beyond the Chicago area
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May 2, 2013

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum hosting conference on genocides

Less than a month after the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center ran its first program on the Armenian Genocide, a two-day symposium covering even more ground is slated for the same venue.
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May 1, 2013

The Armenian Weekly | Balakian Speaks at Illinois Holocaust Museum

Author Peter Balakian spoke to an audience of more than 250 people on Sat., April 20, at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, a suburb of Chicago, and a town that is still remembered for the controversial march of neo-Nazi groups there in 1979.
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April 29, 2013

Asbarez Armenian News | Balakian Launches Illinois Holocaust Museum 2015 Project

Peter Balakian spoke Sunday, April 20 to an audience of more than 250 people at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, a suburb of Chicago, and a town that is still remembered for the controversial march of neo-Nazi groups there in 1979.
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April 25, 2013

Skokie Review | Museum focuses on Hannah Senesh in new exhibition

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will introduce visitors to Hannah Senesh, one of Israel’s most iconic heroes even though she was killed at only age 23.
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April 25, 2013

Northwest Indiana Times | Holocaust History Comes to Life for Whiting Middle School Students

Whiting Middle School students traveled to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center two days before their Spring Break to view the museum’s artifacts and learn the many lessons of the Holocaust.
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April 24, 2013

Broadway World | Chicago Museum Presents Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh, 5/14

Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh sheds light on Hannah Senesh, the inspiring 23-year-old young woman who died by firing squad in 1944, but has endured as one of Israel’s most iconic heroes.
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April 24, 2013

Public Radio of Armenia | Holocaust Museum shines light on Armenian Genocide

The Illinois Holocaust Museum will sponsor a major exhibition on the Armenian Genocide in 2015 to mark its 100th anniversary, museum next month will host a two-day conference, “The Ottoman Turkish Genocides of Anatolian Christians,” Executive Director of the Museum Rick Hirschhaut said, Skokie Review reports.
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April 23, 2013

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum shines light on Armenian Genocide

Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Lawyer of Jewish descent, first coined the term “genocide” in 1944 to describe the systematic extermination of Armenians and Assyrians during and after World War I.
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April 22, 2013

Skokie Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum meets gold standard for being green

No one can visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center without realizing how unique and special it is as a piece of architecture.
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April 18, 2013

The Daily Sizzle | “Israeli Joan of Arc” featured in new museum exhibit

The Illinois Holocaust Museum recently announced its upcoming exhibit, “Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh” on the life of the heroic poet from Budapest known as the “Israeli Joan of Arc.”
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April 18, 2013

Chicago Tribune | The real stories behind ‘No Place on Earth’

For 511 days, they hid underground in Ukrainian caves while fellow Jews were being executed by machine gun up above.
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April 18, 2013

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: New documentary unearths Nazi survival story

Returning to the Ukrainian cave 67 years later – the raw space that protected him from deadly persecution by Nazis in World War II – the survivor makes a simple request.
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April 18, 2013

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum plays key role in survivor documentary

When filmmakers were looking to produce a documentary about 38 Holocaust survivors who lived underground in western Ukraine, the Illinois Holocaust Museum was one of their first outreaches.
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April 17, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times | ‘No Place on Earth’ sheds light on Holocaust survivors’ cave dwellings

Returning to the Ukrainian cave 67 years later — the raw space that protected him from deadly persecution by Nazis in World War II — the survivor makes a simple request: Turn off the lights.
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April 10, 2013

Jewish World Review | No Place on Earth
Nearly 75 years after the end of World War II, one has to dig pretty deep to find a unique Holocaust story for the big screen.
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APRIL 5, 2013

NBC5 | Police Recruits Spend Day Immersed in History

During their six months of training, recruits receive more hours of human behavior instruction than most police officers.
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April 1, 2013

Clean Edison Blog | LEED Certifications of March

On January 29, 2013, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center was awarded LEED Gold Certification.
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March 27, 2013

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum takes spot among greenest buildings

Architect Stanley Tigerman has many accomplishments to his name, but he admits that his lasting legacy — the project he wants to best be remembered for — is the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie.
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March 26, 2013

Skokie Patch | Illinois Holocaust Museum Achieves LEED Gold Certification

The Skokie-based museum is the second museum in the Chicago area to achieve the LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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March 26, 2013

Trib Local | Illinois Holocaust Museum Receives $315,000 Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded a first-time grant of $315,000 to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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March 15, 2013

Splash | Illinois Holocaust Museum Humanitarian Awards Dinner

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner was themed “the power of one.”
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March 12, 2013

Skokie Patch | Illinois Holocaust Museum Honors Three Humanitarians

The Skokie museum honored J.B. Pritzker, Bill Brodsky and Linda Johnson Rice during its annual fundraising dinner.
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March 11, 2013

Skokie Review | Power of Three: Holocaust Museum Dinner Honors Humanitarians

The “power of one” comes in all shapes and sizes, but the concept has a universal connection: All those who reflect it stand up for what is right and create a ripple effect in so doing.
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March 7, 2013

Crain’s Chicago Business | Brodsky, Rice, Pritzker feted by Holocaust museum

Fifteen hundred guests, dozens of A-list CEOs and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist packed the Hyatt Regency for the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s fundraiser Wednesday night.
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March 1, 2013

TWO MOMS, A LITTLE TIME, AND A KEYBOARD | Illinois Holocaust Museum: Exhibits that Speak to the Children

The Illinois Holocaust Museum uses various exhibits to relate the messages learned from the Holocaust to other events that have happened or are happening today.
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February 28, 2013

TWO MOMS, A LITTLE TIME, AND A KEYBOARD | The Illinois Holocaust Museum: An Important Journey

We are very lucky to live an area with many resources that aid our children (and ourselves) as we learn about life, the world, and our place in it.
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February 26, 2013

GOOD NEWS SKOKIE | What 8th Grade Students Can Learn at the Holocaust Museum

On a recent Friday morning I had the extraordinary good luck to accompany a group of Middle School 8th graders to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center off Golf Road and Edens Highway in northern Skokie.
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February 12, 2013

Skokie Review | The Power of Staying Behind

When a government worker told Carl Wilkens to talk to Jean Kambanda about saving the 60 children in a Kigali orphanage from the Hutu militia, Wilkens could scarcely believe his ears.
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February 8, 2013

Chicago Tribune | Holocaust Museum’s message: Don’t bully

The little girl is only 8, and so she does not yet read newspapers or watch or listen to the local news.
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February 7, 2013

Skokie Review| Holocaust Museum explores lesser-known origins of Brown v. Board of Education

The “sanctioned” history of the Supreme Court’s 1954 landmark decision, Brown v. Board of Education, hasn’t always been easy for Joseph A. De Laine Jr. and his sister, Ophelia De Laine Gona to hear.
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February 6, 2013

WBEZ| Holocaust Museum Depicts Life Before Racial Integration

As an African-American born during World War II, when the subject is race, I’m always interested in the many stories that have not been told.
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February 1, 2013

Make It Better| 5 Things to Do: February 1-3

We’re celebrating this month with outdoor adventures, theatrics and cultural outings.
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January 29, 2013

Down With Film Blog | Trailer: Skokie: Invaded, But Not Forgotten

This documentary covers the town of Stokie, Illnois, which in 1977, had the largest percentage of holocaust survivors in the U.S.
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January 29, 2013

Examiner| ‘Courage’ Exhibit at IL Holocaust Museum – a tribute, but an end to segregation?

There continues to be a need for dialogue on issues of schooling and race that still confront America.
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January 29, 2013

Medill News| Illinois Holocaust Museum connects the dots of genocide

Rather than dwelling on history, the Illinois Holocaust Museum honored the 68th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation by focusing on a more recent genocide — in the Central African nation of Rwanda.
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January 29, 2013

Chicago Tribune| Holocaust survivor, reunited with sister, is now a U.S. citizen

Adam Paluch, 73, was one of the first candidates to arrive Monday at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building downtown.
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January 26, 2013

Daily Herald| Moving Picture: Mundelein Holocaust survivor finds past

It took 45 years, but Adam Paluch finally found out who he was.
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January 25, 2013

TimeOut Chicago| ‘Courage’ Exhibit Coming to Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will commence Black History Month with the exhibition “COURAGE: The Vision to End Segregation, The Guts to Fight For It” on February 3.
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January 24, 2013

Chicago Tonight| New Film Explores Skokie’s Battle with Neo-Nazis

A new documentary airing on WTTW explores the explosive moment when a group of neo-Nazis sought to march in Skokie, Illinois in 1979 – and the landmark legal drama that ensued.
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January 22, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times| ‘Invaded But Not Conquered’ documents Skokie neo-Nazi uproar

One of the many ways to divide time in Skokie is to look at life before and after the neo-Nazis tried to march downtown.
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January 22, 2013

Skokie Review| Reflections on Skokie’s neo-Nazi march attempt

Filmmaker Todd Whitman admits that he could have made a much longer documentary on the neo-Nazis’ attempted 1977 and 1978 march in Skokie.
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January 21, 2013

Chicago Tribune| Screening “Skokie: Invaded but not Conquered”

The story of Skokie and the way it rallied a community, a region and a state to stand up to the racism of neo-Nazism is told once again in a new documentary that takes a fresh look at old wounds.
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January 18, 2013

Chicago Jewish News| Invaded but Not Conquered

Aaron Elster still remembers what it felt like in 1978 when Nazis wanted to march in his hometown of Skokie.
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January 16, 2013

Chicago Tribune| Reawakening the ghosts of Skokie

To me, a kid growing up in the 1960s and ’70s, Skokie seemed like any other suburb, its tidy houses sitting on impeccably manicured lawns.
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December 30, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times| ‘Spies’ exhibit in Skokie recounts the fear among us

With the CIA hogging the spotlight these days — think “Homeland” and the Petraeus scandal — it seems only right to make time for the exhibition “Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs” at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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December 26, 2012

TimeOut Chicago| Skokie film recalls Nazi march that didn’t happen

In 1977, the National Socialist Party of America applied for a permit to hold a rally in north suburban Skokie, whose large Jewish population included thousands of survivors of the Holocaust.
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December 10, 2012

Skokie Review| Survivors Meet in Skokie after more than 60 years

Chabad rabbis from many of the 35 Chabad Houses throughout Illinois gathered Sunday to witness the long-anticipated and historic first-time meeting of two men who survived the Holocaust in the Czestochowa concentration camp in Poland during 1944 as young boys.
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November 26, 2012

Skokie Review| Holocaust Survivors become important teachers at museum

Cipora Katz of Skokie has the rapt attention of the 10 or so students who sit around a table in the basement of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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November 18, 2012

Evanston Review| Students hear first-hand genocide lessons

Since 1990, all public and elementary schools in Illinois have been required to teach the Holocaust, the first state to adopt such a mandate.
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November 15, 2012

Northbrook Star| Kristallnacht ceremony highlights light in dark world

Out of recognition of the darkest of nights comes celebration of light.
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October 9, 2012

Skokie Review| Argentine ambassador makes historic Holocaust Museum visit

Like the Illinois Holocaust Museum itself, the Oct. 8 visit by the Argentine ambassador to the United States became not just about exploring the past but also about addressing the present.
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September 14, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times| ‘Cultural ambassadors’ make sure your visit, tours are top-notch

Chicago is chock-full of world-class art and architecture that isn’t always appreciated to the fullest — or, in some cases, at all.
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August 9, 2012

TimeOut Chicago| Exhibit A

“Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America” packs its twisting displays with U.S. history’s dark moments—foreign-born attacks long forgotten (the Black Tom bombing in New Jersey) or still haunting (9/11).
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 August 1, 2012

Chicago Tribune| Elie Wiesel a beacon for human rights 

For more than 50 years, Elie Wiesel has provided a moral compass for the world.
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JULY 23, 2012

Skokie Review Polish ‘upstander’ Honored at Holocaust Museum in Skokie

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s outdoor Fountain of the Righteous represents a collection of inspirational stories about the difference one person can make in the world.
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JULY 20, 2012

Polish Daily News The Righteous Among the Nations

Consul General of Israel to the County of the Midwest, Orli Gil, honored posthumously Pole Catherine Moroz highest Israeli award “Righteous Among the Nations.”
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JULY 18, 2012

Skokie Review| Holocaust Museum in Skokie opens thought-provoking exhibit

Where were you on that infamous day when New York Harbor came under attack by those looking to harm the country from within?
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JULY 18, 2012

Skokie Review| Curator oversees sacred collection at Skokie museum 

Visitors who tour the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s permanent exhibition see nearly 500 collection pieces from beginning to end.
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JULY 16, 2012

Travel Digest of the Wisconsin State Journal| Travel digest: Terrorism and civil rights, Taking up space

The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., lends its expertise to a new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, Ill.
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JULY 7, 2012

TimeOut Chicago | I Spy

Explore this educational creation of the International Spy Museum.
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JULY 5, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum takes on provocative subject

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center could not have picked a more provocative subject for its latest traveling exhibition.
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June 29, 2012

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Illinois Holocaust Museum announces Spies, Traitors, And Saboteurs. Fear And Freedom In America exhibition

Most Americans remember the moment they learned that terrorists had attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, and regard that day’s events as a turning point that forever altered their sense of security.
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June 29, 2012

CS| With Honors

More than 1,700 Chicago Business and civic leaders, community members and Holocaust Survivors gathered at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner. (See p. 150)
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June 18, 2012

Global Jewish Advocacy Newsletter| The Big Story

Nearly 20 diplomats from Chicago’s Consulates attended an event last week that examined the actions of the Third Reich’s Foreign Ministry and contemporary examples of ethical diplomatic dilemmas.
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June 13, 2012

Chicago Sister Cities | GOTHENBURG: A Tribute to Raoul Wallenberg Recap

On June 5 2012, the Gothenburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International supported a ceremony to honor the Swedish diplomat and humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg for his courage and actions that saved thousands of Jewish lives in Hungary 1944.
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June 5, 2012

Evanston Review | Holocaust Museum: Film explores last survivor generation

When someone drives or walks by the big building at 908 Argyle St. in Chicago, they’re not likely to take much notice.
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June 1, 2012

Skokie Patch | Documentary Sheds Light on Central European Refugees, Holocaust Survivors

In the late 1930′s groups of German Jewish refugees fled Europe as it was on the brink of the Holocaust and came to Chicago. A portion of this population founded the Selfhelp Home, a retirement home for elderly jews, in 1938.
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May 30, 2012

NBC 5 Chicago | Obama’s “Death Camp” Remark a Teachable Moment: Museum Director

President Barack Obama used the phrase “Polish Death Camp” while presenting a posthumous award to a Polish World War II hero who tried to warn the world about Nazi executions in Poland. Dick Johnson reports.
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May 30, 2012

Medill Reports Chicago | Chicago set to remember Swedish humanitarian who saved thousands from Nazis

By the end of 1944, 11-year-old Agnes Schwartz had lost everything.
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May 27, 2012

The Times | Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibit shares Jewish part in American war effort

Roger Salamon still remembers the words he heard during his army infantry training in March 1945.
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May 21, 2012

Crain’s Chicago Business | When giving crosses faith lines

John Canning Jr. isn’t Catholic. He isn’t even religious.
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May 18, 2012

Skokie Review | Jewish World War II vets tell of battle experiences

“War. You can’t describe the damage it does, and you have no idea how scary it is to be in a war.”
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May 4, 2012

ABC7 News | Mayor Emanuel, survivors mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

Dignitaries, students and survivors gathered at the Illinois Holocaust Museum for Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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May 1, 2012

JUF News | Holocaust museum exhibit showcases the American Jews who served in WWII

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s latest special exhibition offers a glimpse into a familiar topic through an unfamiliar perspective: that of American Jewish soldiers who served in WWII.
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April 23, 2012

Skokie Review | Early years a tireless effort

“We have not wasted a minute.”
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April 23, 2012

Skokie Review | Group marks Remembrance Day, anniversary

There came a time when Holocaust survivor and Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman stopped asking why.
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April 18, 2012

Journal Online | A Day For Survivors

There are some memories that last a lifetime. And there are some memories that can haunt you forever.
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March 28, 2012

Chicago Tribune | Hidden Holocaust exhibit a simple watercolor, until you flip it over

Illinois Holocaust Museum: At this thought-provoking museum, visitors follow a path that leads them from an explanation of the earliest stirrings of the Holocaust, through the genocide and then the aftermath.
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March 27, 2012

Daily Herald | Illinois Holocaust Museum honors civic leaders at awards dinner

Secretary of Defense (2006-2011) Robert M. Gates joined nearly 2,000 of Chicago’s foremost civic, business and charitable leaders, community members, local Holocaust survivors and museum patrons at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Tuesday, March 6, to celebrate the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and to honor four individuals at its 2012 Humanitarian Awards Dinner.
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March 12, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times | Humanitarian honorees

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s Board of Trustees, along with more than 1,800 supporters, gathered last week at the Hyatt Regency, 151 E. Wacker, for the 2012 Humanitarian Awards Dinner featuring former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates as keynote speaker.
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March 11, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Defense Secretary Gates weighs in on Iranian threat

Former Secretary of State Robert Gates’ assessment of the threat posed by Iran and the current state of the Middle East came with no sugar coating.
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March 11, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum honors Skokie teacher’s work in Ghana

Emmanuel may have been the first to capture Shelley Nizynski Reese’s heart but he certainly wasn’t the last.
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March 9, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum raises $2.2 million for its mission

Attended by 1,700 people including dignitaries from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and with a keynote address from former Secretary of State Robert M. Gates, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center March 6 raised more than $2.2 million at its annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner.
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March 9, 2012

Skokie Review | A glimpse of Ghana and its people

There are as many or more preventable deaths in Ghana as there are anywhere in the world, Shelley Nizynski Reese has said.
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 March 8, 2012

Crain’s | Holocaust Museum award allows Michael Rubinstein a pass on anniversary gift

When Michael Rubinstein took to the stage at the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s awards dinner Tuesday night, he noted that the affair conflicted with his 29th wedding anniversary.
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March 8, 2012

Skokie Patch | Local Jewish Vets Honored at Holocaust Museum

The touring exhibit of “Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War” – on display at Skokie’s Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center through June 21 – is so compelling museum officials wouldn’t dare alter its layout.
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March 6, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times | Holocaust museum honors three Chicago execs

On Tuesday night, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will host its annual Humanitarian Awards dinner to honor Neil Bluhm, president, JMB Realty Corp.; Don Thompson, president and COO, McDonald’s Corp., and Rick Waddell, chairman and CEO, Northern Trust, for outstanding civic leadership and support of the IHMEC.
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March 5, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum honors Skokie teacher

If ever there was an award tailor made for someone, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s new Power Of One Award — celebrating the difference one person can make in the world — has to be it.
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March 1, 2012

Chicago Tribune | ‘Ours to Fight For’ tells stories of Jews who served in WWII

Those of an anti-Semitic bent had a definite opinion about Jews’ joining the U.S. militaryto fight in World War II.
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February 24, 2012

Chicago Jewish News | GI Jews

When 88-year-old Chicago-area veteran Mort Oman viewed “Ours to Fight For: AmericanJews in the Second World War,” the new exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, he had a visceral reaction.
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February 20, 2012

Trib Local | Exhibition Public Opening at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

“Ours to Fight For- Amercian Jews in the Second World War” exhibit opened to the public on Feburary 19 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois.
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February 20, 2012

Skokie Review | Museum sought World War II exhibit years ago

When Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center leaders first wanted to bring “Ours To Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War” to Skokie, there were a couple of challenges.
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February 20, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Voices of veterans drive exhibit

 It may be more instructive to begin with what you will not find in the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s traveling exhibition about Jewish World War II veterans.
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February 16, 2012

Crain’s Chicago Business | 10 Things to Do this Weekend

EXAMINE. The “OURS TO FIGHT FOR: AMERICAN JEWS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR” special exhibit opens this weekend at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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February 13, 2012

WTTW | Stanley Tigerman

Architect Stanley Tigerman discusses the Illinois Holocaust Museum project.
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February 6, 2012

The Columbia Chronicle | Jewish World War II Veterans Remembered

In just a matter of weeks, the collective voices of more than 400 World War II veterans will tell their stories in an exhibition meant to encapsulate the realities of a pivotal time in history.
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January 24, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Jewish World War II vets drive new exhibit

More than 400 voices are behind the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s forthcoming comprehensive exhibition exploring American Jews who fought in World War II.
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January 20, 2012

Chicago Jewish News | Pennies in Memory

On Sunday, Jan. 29, BEANS USY (Beth El at North Suburban Synagogue United Synagogue Youth) of Highland Park will present a donation of 1.5 million pennies ($15,000) to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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January 19, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Landmark play asks big moral questions

“It is not only Ernst Janning that is put on trial here. It is the German people.”
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January 13, 2012

Dupage Regional Office of Education | International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The United Nations has designated January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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January 3, 2012

Huffington Post | The Sound Of Silence: Resolving To Speak Out In 2012

Even as the New Year has come and gone, change, often avoided or dismissed, becomes an overwhelming motivator.
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December 21, 2011

Wilmette Life | Graphic novel art reawakens survivor stories

Their stories are told in a variety of ways — through old photographs and film, eyewitness testimony and meticulously installed summary panels, an upper floor art gallery and a lower floor space for traveling exhibitions.
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December 5, 2011

Elm Leaves | River Grove Students visit Holocaust Museum

A group of River Grove School students visited Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie last month and learned about bullying and the Holocaust.
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November 23, 2011

East Peoria Times Courier | EPCHS Students Travel for Holocaust Lesson

Eight East Peoria Community High School juniors recently stepped outside their classroom for an important lesson in history.
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November 17, 2011

JUF News | The Valiant and the Indifferent—Honoring Rescuers, Commemorating Kristallnacht

At a special community gathering, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center contrasted the acts of righteous “upstanders” with the indifference demonstrated during “Kristallnacht,” often referred to as the “Night of Shattered Glass.”
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November 7, 2011

Chicago Sun Times | Illinois Holocaust Museum,  Jewish escapees honor rescuers

Chaya Roth and Gitta Fajerstein-Walchirk have a close bond with a 90-year-old Catholic priest living in a nursing home in Cuneo, Italy.
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November 7, 2011

Skokie Review | Heroes help mark Kristallnacht anniversary

Chaya Roth and Gitta Fajerstein-Walchirk have a close bond with a 90-year-old Catholic priest living in a nursing home in Cuneo, Italy.
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November 6, 2011

ABC News | Several honored for helping rescue Jews in WWII

Three days before the anniversary of Kristallnacht the Illinois Holocaust Museum in suburban Skokie honored people from Italy, Poland and Lithuania who helped rescue Jews during World War II.
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OCTOBER 27, 2011

National Parks Magazine | The Art of Gaman

“The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts of the Japanese American Internment Camps: 1942-1946” was recently exhibited at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery and is currently traveling the country.
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OCTOBER 24, 2011

Skokie Review | Museum Fights Against Bullying

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s inaugural all-day Anti-Bullying Forum last week, packed with useful information for educators from throughout the region, seemed to gravitate toward a few repeated points.
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OCTOBER 24, 2011

Skokie Review | Chicago Schools CEO Weighs in on Bullying

“How many of you were subject to bullying while you were in school?” Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard raised his hand even if he was the one who posed the question.
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October 19, 2011

Chicago Tonight | Bullying

There is a national push to eradicate bullying. Are schools doing enough to combat the problem? We hear from Dorothy Espelage, one of the nation’s top experts on bullying, on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm.
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OCTOBER 18, 2011

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Enhanced youth exhibit inspires kids to stand up

More than two years later, the simplest of words continue to be as meaningful as ever. “Make a difference.”
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OCTOBER 6, 2011

Trib Local | Families Invited to Day of Kid-friendly Events at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center invites families to celebrate the re-launch of the newly enhanced and expanded Make a Difference! The Miller Family Youth Exhibition with an afternoon of family fun.
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September 29, 2011

Lincolnwood Review | Other Programs Complement Japanese-American Artworks

The Japanese-American population in Chicago stood at about 400 before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. By the time World War II ended and Japanese-American internment camps were dismantled, that population spiked to about 20,000.
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September 23, 2011

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum Shines Light on Prisoner Art

Families were torn apart, businesses and homes were lost, lives were interrupted overnight.
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September 22, 2011

Chicago Tonight | The Art of Gaman

When Japanese-Americans were rounded up and shipped to internment camps in the U.S. during World War II, some of them created art and handiwork to help them cope. Paintings, carvings and sculptures are part of The Art of Gaman exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, which opens on Sunday.
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September 22, 2011

Crain’s Chicago Business | 10 Things to Do this Weekend

REMEMBER. “THE ART OF GAMAN: ARTS AND CRAFTS FROM THE JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT CAMPS, 1942- 1946,” an exhibit that was on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, opens at the Illinois Holocaust Museum this weekend.
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September 13, 2011

Lake Forester | New Exhibit displays Japanese Prisoner Art

A showcase of arts and crafts made by Japanese American prisoners while interned in the United States from 1942 to 1946 will be featured in a new exhibition this month at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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September 2, 2011

JUF News | Sunday at the Museum

Adventures of a Jewish 20-something, by Stefanie Pervos Bregman
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August 29, 2011

Lincolnwood Review | ‘Eleven’ Concert at Museum Honors Memory of Sept. 11th Victims

Chicago cabaret artist Joan Curto was excitedly waiting to board a plane at O’Hare Airport for her New York City debut when the flight was abruptly cancelled. It was Sept. 11, 2001.
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August 24, 2011

TimeOut Chicago | Spots of Light featured in “This Week in Chicago”

A contemporary concept enlivens enthralling stories of women in the Holocaust.
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July 29, 2011

Chicago Jewish News | To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

The touching and revelatory exhibit — the first international exhibition to focus exclusively on women and their experiences during the Holocaust — tells many stories through large-scale projections grouped according to subject matter.
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July 25, 2011

Skokie Review | Cancer Survivor uses Handbag Art to Heal

As a survivor herself, and as the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors, Yali Derman makes art to heal.
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July 25, 2011

Skokie Review | Being a Survivor Examined through the Arts

The three women never met each other nor would that even be possible. One is fictional, the subject of a well-received play by the award-winning Lookingglass Theatre; the second appears in a moving and painful documentary about a son’s search for his mother’s past; and the third emerges as an eloquent Holocaust survivor coming from a history most of us could never imagine.
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July 1, 2011

Skokie Patch | Holocaust Exhibit Spotlights Women’s Plight

The imagery of the Holocaust often focuses on the concentration camps, with pictures of groups of emaciated figures with shaved heads and in striped prison uniforms. The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie has taken a different approach in its newest temporary exhibition. “Spots of Light: To Be a Woman in the Holocaust” takes its subjects out of the crowd and drives home the tragedy by displaying beautiful images of some victims.
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July 1, 2011

Lincolnwood Review | Heroic women from Holocaust highlighted in museum exhibit

 Many women who lived during the Holocaust were extraordinary in their own way, their stories a testament to courage and determination in unimaginably horrific times. The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s newest traveling exhibition documenting their lives then isn’t about a chronological journey the way some of its previous shows have been.
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June 26, 2011

Daily Herald | Skokie Museum Offers First Look at Women of Holocaust

 “Spots of Light: To be a Woman in the Holocaust” opened this week at the Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.
The exhibit is part of a traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
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 June 24, 2011

Crain’s Chicago Business | 10 Things to Do this Weekend

REMEMBER. The video-art based exhibition, “SPOTS OF LIGHT: TO BE A WOMAN IN THE HOLOCAUST,” opens this week at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
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June 20, 2011

Lake Michigan Shore | Truth, Tears and Tolerance: Illinois Holocaust Museum pays tribute to victims, honors survivors

It all began in the aftermath of the proposed neo-Nazi march on Skokie in the late 1970s. Holocaust survivors living in the area realized they must ensure that the legacy of their horrific experiences is passed on to future generations. It took a while. In 1981, the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois was established and in 1984, a small museum and resource center opened, making it available to the public, especially schoolchildren, who heard first-hand the personal experiences of Holocaust survivors.
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June 12, 2011

Daily Herald | Women in the Holocaust Exhibit Opens

A new exhibit focusing the experiences of women in the Holocaust is opening at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.

“Spots of Light: To be a Woman in the Holocaust” is the first international exhibit to focus exclusively on women.
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May24, 2011

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Civil rights giant stays determined to get in the way

The former “Freedom Rider” and the last living civil rights leader who spoke at the historic March on Washington rally more than 47 years ago still believes in “getting in the way” to fight injustice in the world.

That’s how U.S. Congressman John Lewis says he has always lived his life, offering that politics is a continuation of the principles that guided him as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
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May11, 2011

Lincolnwood Review | Chicago marks Holocaust Remembrance Day in Skokie

Ever since the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center was built two years ago, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has commemorated the city’s Holocaust Remembrance Day there.

“Each year, this day serves as a reminder of a tragic time in history that this generation should not be allowed to forget,” city organizers said.

Holocaust survivor Beatrice Muchman served as a keynote speaker last week at the ceremony held Thursday in Skokie.
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May 10, 2011

Skokie Review  | Croatian president quietly visits Holocaust Museum

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was there before the museum even opened.

Former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel spoke and toured the facility on opening day. Rwanda humanitarian Paul Rusesabagina took a tour on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

But for all the dignitaries and distinguished guests of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center over the last two years, no one has been a sitting head of state.
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April 30 / May 7

WCIU-The U | Holocaust and Veteran’s Museums

In this episode we explore two unique historical institutions that possess thought-provoking exhibits and are located beyond the downtown Museum Campus: The Illinois Holocaust Museum and National Veterans Art Museum.
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May 5, 2011

YouTube | Remain Constantly Vigiliant Against Hate Crimes, Mayor Daley Says at 22nd Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Hate crimes and crimes against humanity continue to occur all around the world every day and we must be constantly vigilant to make sure that prejudice and intolerance never obtain a foothold in Chicago, Mayor Richard M. Daley said at ceremonies marking the City’s 22nd Holocaust Remembrance Day.
In 1990, Daley started Holocaust Remembrance Day in Chicago in memory of the victims and in honor of the survivors of one of darkest moments in the history of humanity.
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MAY 2, 2011

Vocalo 89.5, sister station of Chicago Public Radio | Hear Fritzie Fritzshall’s inspirational story of survival

May 2nd is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day. Fritizie Fritzshall, Holocaust survivor and President of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, joined Brian Babylon and Molly Adams of the Morning AMp for an eye-opening conversation. Fritzie shared her story of survival and spoke about the education efforts of the museum.
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April 23, 2011

The New York Times | Memories of Holocaust, Fortified

SKOKIE, Ill. — Before the $45 million Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center opened here two years ago, there was some urgency in completing its 65,000-square-foot building, which now stands so incongruously monumental in the midst of Chicago’s suburban landscape.
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April 13, 2011

ABC 7 News | Condoleezza Rice for the Illinois Holocaust Museum

Condoleezza Rice spoke eloquently at our 2011 Humanitarian Awards Dinner about the importance of not treating groups of individuals as “other than us.”
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April 13, 2011

Crain’s Chicago Business | Holocaust Museum announces $1M scholarship fund in name of Daleys  

The Illinois Holocaust Museum hosted a fundraising event earlier this week where honoree Michael Sacks and museum campaign chairman J.B. Pritzker announced a nearly $1-million scholarship fund that will benefit Chicago Public School students.

Museum executives say the Mayor Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Education Fund is a fitting tribute to the outgoing mayor, who became emotional Tuesday night when he talked about the importance of telling Holocaust survivors’ stories.
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April 12, 2011

Illinois Government News Network Governor Quinn Appoints Members to Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission

Governor Pat Quinn today appointed nine individuals to serve on the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission. Commission members will work to promote education and awareness of the Holocaust and genocide around the world.

“We must never forget the atrocities and horrors of the Holocaust,” said Governor Quinn. “This commission will increase awareness of the Holocaust and other past genocides to make sure that ‘never again’ is not a meaningless slogan.”
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March 28, 2011

Chicago Tribune | Hurt by prejudice, healed by unity

Perhaps it is because Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers and her beloved college professor, though raised continents apart, had childhoods scarred by bitter, dehumanizing prejudice.

Or maybe it’s that the teaching didn’t end after graduation half a century ago but continued right up until Lore May Rasmussen died in 2009 at 88.
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March 23, 2011

Chicago Sun-Times | Exhibit details WWII era Jewish scholars’ impact on black colleges

They were two groups an ocean apart with seemingly little in common — black Southerners living under Jim Crow, seeking a college education, and free-thinking German and Austrian academics under duress in the 1930s.

They formed a lifelong commitment to each other after the professors, Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, gained employment at historically black colleges and universities in the South.
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march 22, 2011

WBEZ91.5 | Exhibition presents history of Jewish scholars  teaching at historically black colleges

Shortly after Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, laws were passed barring Jews from working in the public sector. That meant many of the most important minds were tossed out of their jobs at major universities. In response, The Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars formed in New York. Within a few years, the Committee brought about 300 professors to the U.S. Nine were hired by The University of Chicago. Listen Online >

March 22, 2011

Make it Better | Illinois Holocaust Museum Anti-Bullying Workshop

On March 9th, more than 60 5th and 6th grade students from Chicago and its surrounding suburbs participated in an Anti-Bullying workshop entitled STAND UP! Youth Leadership Day at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.

The workshop included museum tours, group activities, and a presentation by a survivor of the war in Bosnia, Nadja Halibegovich, who led her country towards peace by broadcasting music and poetry over the radio. Read Online > 

March 21, 2011

Trib Local | Illinois Holocaust Museum Announces 2011 Docent Training Program

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applicants for their 2011 Docent Training Program. This select corps of Docents will be responsible for leading student and adult tours through the Karkomi Permanent Exhibition; Make A Difference: Miller Family Youth Exhibition; Legacy of Absence Art Gallery; and changing special exhibitions. Read Online > 

March 21, 2011

Trib Local | Exelon Funds $250,000  Anti-Bullying Initiative

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center has received a $250,000 grant from Exelon Corporation to establish the Museum’s Anti-Bullying Initiative. The new educational program kicked off with a full-day workshop entitled STAND UP! Youth Leadership Day on Wednesday, March 9. A program of the Miller Family Youth Exhibition, over 60 fifth and sixth grade students participated, traveling to the museum from Chicago and surrounding suburbs, Rockford, and Northwest Indiana. Read Online >

 March 14, 2011

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Ambitious programming fulfills IHMEC mission

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center turns two years old next month, having opened during the same month designated as Genocide Awareness Month and on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

After two years, the museum and education facility continues to fulfill its mission, not only as a sacred place where memories and history are preserved but as a learning ground to try to educate and prevent future genocide. Read Online >

March 10, 2011

Jewish Exponent | Debating Museums’ Future in Shaky Times

The state and stature of American Jewish museums was “Exhibit A” last week at the annual conference of the institutions’ directors and programmers, held at the spanking new National Museum of American Jewish History.

Gathered at the museum on Independence Mall — with tours and side trips to such nearby sites as the Constitution Center and Temple Judea Museum at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park — more than 200 delegates of the Council of American Jewish Museums delved into such topics as curating and collecting, as well as the “strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats” facing the institutions. Read Online >

March 9, 2011

Chicago Tribune |  Helping Museum Workers Collect Know-How

For many of the students in Arielle Weininger’s class in museum collection practices, the issues are more than academic.

Part of a certificate program in artifact collection care that began last fall at the University of Chicago’s Graham School of General Studies, the class has attracted volunteers, interns and employees from museums and archives across the Chicago area.  Read Online >

March 7, 2011

Chicago Tribune |  On the town: Upcoming events

A compelling story is explored in the exhibition “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges” at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. The story is about Jewish scholars who fled Nazi Germany for the United States, and became professors at historically black colleges in the South. Read Online >

February 25, 2011

Chicago Tribune | Exhibit Explores Jewish and African-American connections at HBCUs

A compelling story is explored in the exhibition “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges” at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. The story is about Jewish scholars who fled Nazi Germany for the United States, and became professors at historically black colleges in the South.

The exhibition looks at how shared racial persecution shaped relationships between the Jewish instructors and African-American students.  Read Online >

February 24, 2011

Time Out Chicago | “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow” at Illinois Holocaust Museum

A sign—jews not welcome—hangs over a German college’s gate; a U.S. association for Realtors document discourages home sales to certain races; a New York union broadside espouses anti-immigrant policy. Using these and other artifacts, Illinois Holocaust Museum paints a picture of a perverted era: Jewish professors—kicked out of German colleges—emigrated to the U.S. during WWII and gladly found jobs at black universities in the Jim Crow South.
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February 7, 2011

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum : Exhibit tells little known-story of Jewish and Black history

Scholar Ernst Borinski and many just like him led two very different and distinguished lives by the time their careers ended. Before 1939, German-born Borinski studied law, the humanities and arts at multiple universities. He clerked in the Prussian High Court, served as a judicial officer and worked for a private company on labor law issues.

But Borinski was Jewish, and when the Nazis marched into Austria in 1938, he left his homeland and found himself in America trying to create a new life.  Read Online >

January 31, 2001

Daily Herald | Holocaust museum examines Jewish persecution and Jim Crow
A new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow,” explores the unlikely coming together of these two groups, each the object of exclusion and hatred, and examines the ongoing encounter between them as they navigated the challenges of life in the segregated South.

Through historical objects, photographs, texts and artworks such as “The Gleaners” by John Biggers, visitors learn the stories of two disenfranchised groups brought together in search of opportunity and freedom.
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Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Exhibit describes refugee Jewish scholars at black colleges

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s newest traveling exhibition tells the under-reported story of German-Jewish refugee scholars expelled from their homeland by the Nazis who found new lives at historically black colleges in the American South.

“Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges,” scheduled to open Friday, is further indication of how this invaluable facility in Skokie places a high priority on the “education” part of its mission.  Read Online >

January 28, 2011

Trib Local | Illinois Holocaust Museum Commemorates 66th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center hosted renowned scholar Robert Jan van Pelt on January 27 for a full-day, interactive workshop. During the program,”Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State,” van Pelt led close to one hundred midwest educators through a detailed exploration of the decision-making process of the Nazis, the various stages of the development of Auschwitz, and the moral “gray zone” that existed inside this infamous camp.
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January 27, 2011

Trib Local | A Call to Action on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

“Inherent in authentic remembrance is vigilance and action. More often than not, remembrance has been bereft of such crucial components. Memory can be a graveyard, but it can also be the true kingdom of man.” 

These words, so eloquently spoken by Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, address the pledge that our generation and future generations must undertake to uphold the torch of remembrance and accept the legacy bestowed upon us.

Today marks the sixty-sixth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, with commemorations across the globe in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Read More >

November 15, 2010

Lincolnwood Review | Museum president reflects on anniversary 

Every Nov. 9, the anniversary of the Nazis’ unleashed attack on Jewish businesses, synagogues and homes in pre-World War II Germany, Fritzie Fritzshall remembers. She remembers her three lives.

“That’s how I look at it,” says the president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center on the 72nd anniversary of Kristallnacht. “There was before, during and after.”  Read More >

November 8, 2010

Winnetka Talk | Program recalls horrors of 1938′s Kristallnacht

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will commemorate Kristallnacht Tuesday night for the second time since the facility opened in April 2009.

Kristallnacht or “Night of Broken Glass” marked a series of attacks against Jewish people throughout Germany and parts of Austria over two days on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938.  Read More >

October 31, 2010

Daily Herald | ‘We knew one line was going to the gas chamber’
Auschwitz survivor heads exhibit that highlights holocaust horrors

Josef Mengele died in 1979 but he lives on in Fritzie Fritzshall’s nightmares: He’s the unsmiling Angel of Death, peering at lines of naked Auschwitz prisoners and callously choosing who would live and who die.

“We had to walk undressed sometimes every single day, sometimes every two days, sometimes twice a day,” said Fritzshall, a Buffalo Grove resident and board president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie. She arrived at Auschwitz in 1944.  Read More >

October 25, 2010

Skokie Patch | Students Urged to Fight Bullying Scourge
Skokie seminar has Holocaust survivors sharing their life-and-death tales during the Nazi tyranny

From Independence, IA, to Joliet, IL, 110 high school students recently convened in Skokie to learn about standing up against bullying, leadership and diversity. The event takes on greater significance following highly publicized reports of bullying across the nation, said Rachel Hellenga, director of program services at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.  Read More >

August 11, 2010

Illinois Marks $15 Million US Contribution to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation in Poland at Museum
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center welcomed the Polish Consul General, Zygmunt Matynia, and three members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, Reps. Luis V. Gutierrez, Jan Schakowsky and Mike Quigley at an event to mark a $15 million grant to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. The grant, announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July, resulted in part from a Congressional effort, led by Rep. Gutierrez, to urge the President and the Secretary to fund the preservation of the museum marking the epicenter of the Holocaust.  Read More >  Press Release >

July 15, 2010

Governor signs legislation creating statewide Genocide Commission at Illinois Holocaust Museum

100 State Legislators, Holocaust and Genocide Survivors, Museum and Community Leaders Join Governor Quinn at Bill Signing Ceremony  Read More >

News Coverage:
Skokie Review
| New genocide commission becomes law
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TribLocal | Quinn’s bill sets Holocaust commission
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June 24, 2010

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race to Open at IHMEC in July

Museum Hosts Film Series and Special Guest Speakers – Including Stars of TLC’s “Little People, Big World” – to Coordinate with Travelling Exhibition About Nazi Eugenics  Read More >  Learn more about Deadly Medicine >

June 14, 2010

His Excellency Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, visited the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.  Ambassador Fujisaki was joined by his wife, Mrs. Yoriko Fujisaki.  The Consul General of Japan in Chicago, Mr. George Hisaeda, and his wife, Mrs. Midori Hisaeda, also accompanied the Ambassador.  Read More >

May 4, 2010 | Mayor Daley hosts City of Chicago Annual Holocaust Commemoration at IHMEC >

The City of Chicago’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day public ceremony was held Thursday, May 6, 2010 with Nazi concentration camp survivor, John Macsai, as the keynote speaker this year. Read More >  Press Release >

News Coverage: Trib Local | Illinois Holocaust Museum hosts Day of Remembrance >

April 20, 2010 | Museum Celebrates One Year Anniversary >

Series of events celebrates Museum’s first year| CBS 2 News | ABC | Journal Gazette
Skokie Review | Stanley Speaks about the Museum’s Architecture Read Now >

April 15, 2010 | Fritzie Fritzshall, IHMEC President, addresses the Governor’s Yom Hashoah Commemoration in Springfield

The State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL | Auschwitz Survivor Speaks to State Holocaust Observance
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April 9, 2010

Chicago Tribune | The Museum encourages Naperville teen in effort to name the victims of the Holocaust. 
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April 7, 2010 >

Museum Surpasses 100,000 Visitors: Students from Chicago International Charter School – Basil Campus accounted for the 100,000th visitor to the museum on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. The students each received a “100 Grand” candy bar and a museum t-shirt.  The school library was given a copy of Memory and Legacy.
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March 24, 2010 | Exhibit, The Wartime Escape, Opens >

Chicago Sun Times | The brave escape of Curious George: Exhibit shows how author, illustrator dodged Holocaust  Read Now >

CBS2 Chicago | Holocaust Museum Honors Curious George Creators  Read Now >

Shalom Life | Holocaust Museum Features Curious George  Read Now >

March 11, 2010

Pioneer Press | Awards dinner honors museum’s first year
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The News Tribune, Seattle-Tacoma | Teacher, attendee of Museum seminar, featured in local newspaper
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March 10, 2010 >

State’s Attorney Alvarez Announces Hate Crimes Initiatives at Museum: Announcementrenewed efforts in the fight against hate crimes in Cook County.  Learn More >

March 9, 2010 >

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Honors Three Leaders with Humanitarian Awards; Tom Brokaw Keynotes Gala
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March 1, 2010 >

Midwest Construction | Bully & Andrews brings Muchin College Prep Students and Illinois Holocaust Museum Together
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January 7, 2010 >

Pioneer Press | Winnetka Teen gets Ho Feng Shan honored on the Museum Fountain of the Righteous
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January 2010 >

Chicago Magazine | Action Heroes: Chicagoans of the Year 2009: Sam Harris
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December 13, 2009 >

Southtown Star | Local Police Recruits Learn Lessons from the Holocaust
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The Island Packet | Righteous Gentiles are really true Heroes
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Arizona Daily Star | Proposed “Museum of Tolerance” in Arizona looks to IHMEC for model
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December 12, 2009 >

Daily Herald | Traveling Anne Frank exhibit puts face on horror of Holocaust
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December 11, 2009 >

Dani Froelich screens “Life Lessons” at Illinois Holocaust Museum
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December 8, 2009 >

Daily Herald | Student Leadership Days: Muslim leader’s tells teens everyone, at some point, is asked to stand up Read More >

November 22, 2009 >

Washington Post | Near Chicago, the Holocaust’s lessons resonate
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November 19, 2009 >

120 People become US Citizens in Special Naturalization Ceremony at Illinois Holocaust Museum.  Read More >

Pioneer Press | New U.S. citizens sworn in at Holocaust Museum Read Now >
Chicago Breaking News
| New citizens proud to join America’s ‘good society’ Read Now >

November 11, 2009 >

Loyola Pheonix | Ralph Rehbock tells his story at Loyola University  Read More >

November 9, 2009 >

Skokie Review | Kristallnacht ceremony honors ‘righteous’  Read More >

November 5, 2009 >

Museum to present the traveling exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today from Dec. 3-Feb. 28, 2010  Read More 

October 27, 2009 >

Pioneer Press | Educators study non-Jewish Nazi atrocities  Read Now >

October 26, 2009 >

Yad Vashem and IHMEC sign cooperation agreement.  They commit to a close and cooperative relationship in the areas of education, commemoration, and publications.  Read More Now >

October 19, 2009 >

The Northwest Indiana Times features the museum and its available resources for teachers.  Read Now >

October 14, 2009 >

Menachem Wecker of the Jewish Press discusses why America needs the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.  Read Now >

September 18, 2009 >

Pioneer Presss | The first traveling exhibition opened at the museum, “Darfur: Photojournalists Respond.”  Survivors from the Sudanese community provided enlightening and extraordinary testimony about how they survived and how they have come to flourish in a new country as refugees.  Read Now >

August 23, 2009 >

Daily Herald | Skokie Holocaust museum holds conference for law enforcement  Read Now >

August 18, 2009 >

Voice of America | Illinois Museum Teaches Police Recruits About Holocaust  Read Now >
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August 16, 2009 >

Chicago Tribune | A cop course about heart  Read Now >

August 13, 2009 >

WBEZ Eight Forty-Eight | Executive Director, Richard S. Hirschhaut explains the “Law Enforcement and Democracy Initiative”  Listen Online >

August 14, 2009 >

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and Anti-Defamation League Launch “Law Enforcement and Democracy Initiative” | Read More Now >

July 7, 2009 >

Pioneer Press | Horror of loss subject of Holocaust Museum art gallery Read Now >

Pioneer Press | Inaugural Golder Family Community Forum engages large audience on topic of extremism | Read now >

June 30, 2009 >

Pioneer Press | Rwandan hero gets warm welcome at Holocaust Museum Read Now >

June 11, 2009 >

IHMEC Responds to Shooting at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Security heightened at the museum.
Statement from Executive Director, Richard Hirschhaut | Read now >
Michael Berenbaum responds on the Jewish Daily Forward website | Read now >

June 11, 2009 >

Pioneer Press: Survivor of Holocaust to speak in Kenilworth

Aaron Elster speaks about his childhood experiences in the Holocaust in Kenilworth.  Read online now >

April 2, 2009 >

Chicago Tribune: Illinois Holocaust Museum: Grand Opening Nears in Skokie

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Gov. Pat Quinn, Holocaust survivors and 2,000 others are expected to attend a sold-out gala Thursday night at the llinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie.
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May 28, 2009 >

Chicago Tribune: Horror and heroism featured at new Holocaust museum  Read Now >

may 14, 2009 >

McCormick Freedom Museum Author Series: Thomas Buergenthal, A Lucky Child
Listen to the Podcast Online Now >
Thomas Buergenthal spent his childhood in World War II concentration camps.  Miraculously, he survived Auschwitz, the death marches and countless close calls, and is still alive to tell his story today.
The Freedom Museum proudly co-hosted this program with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois.

May 6, 2009 >

Chicago ABC: Mayor Daley marks Holocaust Remembrance Day at llinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Read Now >

Coverage of the Museum Opening >

May 12, 2009 | Angella Nazarian, Huffington Post: Voice of Hope Read now >
April 21, 2009 | Pioneer Press: Holocaust Museum: Seminar guests decry state of genocide reporting Read now >
April 21, 2009 | Art Bistro: Illinois Holocaust Museum Art Galleries Gives History its Due Read now>
April 20, 2009 | The Washington Post:  There Will Be Generations, Eboo Patel  Read now >
April 20, 2009 | Chicago Tribune: Bill Clinton featured at opening event Read now >
April 19, 2009 | New York Times: Holocaust Museum Lets Local Voices Memorialize Read now >
April 19, 2009 | Chicago Sun-Times: Wiesel, Clinton revisit horrors, while a ‘grandma’ speaks of love Read now >
April 18, 2009 | Wall Street Journal: Holocaust Survivors’ Protest Still Echoes in Illinois Suburb  Read now >
April 16, 2009 | WBEZ Radio: A Holocaust Survivor Hands Off Her Story  Listen now >
April 16, 2009 | Chicago Tribune: Sunday’s opening in Skokie to have powerful message of hope amid the horrors  Read now >

April 2, 2009 >

Professor Elie Wiesel to Speak at Public Grand Opening April 19, 2009

Esteemed author, activist and Holocaust survivor to join President Bill Clinton, Senator Richard Durbin, Governor Pat Quinn and several thousand guests for opening of new museum.  Read the Press Release Now >

March 24, 2009 >

President Bill Clinton to Keynote Grand Opening April 19, 2009

Former U.S. President to join Governor Quinn and thousands of guests as local Holocaust survivors Witness their Dream Revealed for the first time.  Read the Press Release Now >

March 21, 2009 >

Chicago Tribune recognizes IHMEC tribute to Chiune Sugihara

Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese Diplomat during WWII, is one of many rescuers featured in the museum.  Richard Salomon helped secure Japanese documents to tell Sugihara’s story and impart the lesson that individuals can make a difference in the midst of darkness.  Read the article online now >
March 21, 2009 >

North Shore Magazine features Museum’s work to celebrate the memories of victims and educate future generations

April 2009 Cover Story: “Out of the Darkness” by Lisa Skolnik  Read the article online now >

January 2, 2009 >

Chicago Tribune Winter Architecture Preview Cites IHMEC

A winter architecture preview in the Chicago Tribune lists the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, designed by Stanley Tigerman, as one of its top 10 new sites to watch.   Read the winter preview online now >

December 18, 2008 >

Generation to Generation Hannukah Party Featured in the Deerfield Review

Holocaust survivors and members of HRC continue to preserve Holocaust memory, build lasting relationships, and celebrate traditions.   Read the article online now >

December 14, 2008 >

Chicago Tribune Features the “Skokie That Was”

Writer Howard Reich, a child of Holocaust survivors, highlights the efforts of Survivors to rebuild their lives in Skokie, the home of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
Read the article online now >

November 11, 2009 >

Museum announces April 19, 2009 Opening

JUF Blog: A first-look at the Illinois Holocaust Museum
Chicago Tribune: Holocaust Museum Plans Historic Opening
Chicago Sun Times: Illinois Holocaust Museum to Open April 2009
Daily Herald: New Holocaust Museum Aims to Remember the Past, Transform the Future
Pioneer Press: Holocaust Museum in Skokie set for opening April 19
Naperville Sun: Illinois Holocaust Museum work nears completion
WBBM 780: Illinois’ New Holocaust Museum in Skokie (with audio)

Older News >

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Remember Kristallnacht
IHMEC co-sponsors Holocaust scholar Debórah Dwork at community-wide program honoring the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, The Night of the Broken Glass

New York Times Features Extraordinary Collection Donated to Museum
A stamp collection accumulated by Ken Lawrence is donated to the museum by the Spungen Family Foundation in Illinois.

Preserving death camp helps many to understand the horrors of genocide
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center responds to the Chicago Tribune article about financial concerns at Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp memorial sites.

Associate Director of Education, Kelley Szany, Honored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Chicago. 
Szany received the Federation’s 2008 Samuel A. Goldsmith Award honoring outstanding “next generation” professionals at Jewish communal organizations.  View the acceptance speech online >
Ex-refugees’ Shanghai stories: 2 women relive years in Jewish ghetto after families fled Holocaust
Andrew L. Wang of the Chicago Tribune details the stories of two Chicago-area women who fled the Holocaust and found refuge in Shanghai.  The womens’ stories will now be preserved in the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

HRC Launches Generation to Generation Program
The program pairs a young person who is a member of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee with a Holocaust survivor, with the end goal of the young leader learning the story of survival of their pair.

IHMEC Mourns Passing of Rescuer Irena Sendler

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center mourns the passing of Irena Sendler, a courageous and unsung hero who risked her life to save approximately 2,500 children during the Holocaust through her work with Zegota, a unit of the Polish underground established specifically to help Jews in hiding.

IHMEC is Highlighted in The Builder
Building construction is tauted in a construction trade magazine

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Receives Conservation Bookshelf 
IHMEC is among the first to receive an essential set of resources from the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf.

IHMEC Mourns Representative Tom Lantos
The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center mourns the passing of Representative Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress.

Living History, Past Pain
Article highlighting the Holocaust Remembrance Board in the Daily Herald, July 04, 2007

Holocaust Survivors Gather to Leave Their Mark on the New Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
Watch video coverage at CBS 2 News Chicago

State of Illinois Grants Additional $1 million to New Museum
To help ensure that Illinoisans for generations to come remain aware of the lessons of the Holocaust, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced a $1 million grant to support construction of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.

Groundbreaking, June 22, 2006, 10:30 a.m.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center broke ground on the new 65,000-square-foot museum. Joined by Governor Rod Blagojevich, Israeli Consul General Barukh Binah, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen and Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, local survivors and project leaders marked the day with solemn remembrance and hopeful celebration.

 

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