Donor Insights


Rick Hirschhaut.
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Dear Friends,
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Thanks to your support, the Museum hosts more than two dozen public programs each year, from film screenings and scholar-led lectures to conversations with survivors, family programs and commemorative events. Diverse audiences of more than 4,000 community members annually join with us to remember the past as well as discover the power their voice has to fight indifference and injustice.
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Seventy-five years ago the Jewish communities in Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland were shattered – literally and figuratively.  Jewish homes, synagogues, schools, and businesses were destroyed and desecrated on Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass,” now referred to by scholars as the November Pogrom. The violent events of November 9-10, 1938 served as a profound turning point and signaled that far worse action against the Jews by the Nazis was to come.
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This past weekend, nearly 800 people participated in a community-wide Kristallnacht commemoration, hosted by the Museum and funded generously by The Fern & Manfred Steinfeld Campaign Event Fund of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and The Marion & Al Gruen Philanthropic Fund. This issue of Donor Insights sheds more light on the stories and artifacts related to Kristallnacht that we use to share our history with future generations.
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As we remember the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and continue to annually commemorate the November Pogrom thanks to a special fund set up by Museum member Jack Heiman, we thank you for supporting our efforts to preserve our survivors’ precious artifacts and create more public awareness through community programming.Sincerely,
Rick Hirschhaut
Executive Director

REFLECTING ON KRISTALLNACHT AND ITS LESSONS

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EYEWITNESS HISTORY

Wilhem Heinmann was sure that time was running out for the Jews in Germany.  His foresight and courage helped save his extended family.

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DOCUMENTING HISTORY THROUGH ARTIFACTS

Historic objects help us absorb events of the past.  Museum artifacts that survived the devastation of Kristallnacht show us its true impact.

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