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October 31, 2014 | Let’s Talk About Race

Posted by Eileen Hogan Heineman |  Director of Racial Justice Programs for the YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Last week, I spent time exploring RACE: Are We So Different?, the special exhibition now at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
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September 29, 2014 | Jan Karski: Hero, Rescuer, Resistor

Posted by Michael Berenbaum, Holocaust scholar, professor, rabbi, writer, and filmmaker

I have been privileged to meet men and women of distinction, of great integrity and high moral character, and yet, we have only met one person whom we could truly call noble: Jan Karski.
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August 26, 2014 | Personalizing Poland: A Docent’s Impression of a Beautiful, Complex Country

Posted by Laurie Bartell, Museum Docent

Recently I traveled to Poland as part of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s Inaugural Learning Journey. I boarded a plane departing Chicago for Warsaw with approximately 30 other museum staff and volunteers, including Fritzie Fritzshall and Aaron Elster, two remarkable survivors and educators.
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July 28, 2014 | Charlotte, A Visual Diary

Posted by Joel Cahen, Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Amsterdam

Charlotte Salomon–daughter of the renowned Berlin surgeon, Albert Salomon and Franciscka Grunewald–grew up in a typical Berlin Jewish family, acculturated, and well educated.
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June 26, 2014 | Instrument of Justice

Posted by Action Reconciliation Service for Peace intern Clara Schulte

Before I came here and even before I really started thinking about the Holocaust, I was confronted with the consequences of Germany’s Nazi past.
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May 15, 2014 | Austria is Free

Posted by Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service intern Paul Rathmayr

…Words said by the former Austrian minister of foreign affairs—Leopold Figl, after signing Austria’s State Treaty 59 years ago today, on May 15, 1955—words that would become the most famous quote of Austria’s recent history, words that sparked controversy among some people and euphoria and a new national identity among many more.
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April 28, 2014 | April’s Challenge, April’s Hope

Posted by Matthew Whipple, 2014 Power of One Award Recipient

The month of April always challenges me. It is the month of my birth, reminding me of the passing years. I tend to reflect upon what I’ve accomplished and how much more there is to do to combat injustice wherever we find it.
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March 28, 2014 | A Social Solution: Allyship in the Face of Adversity

Posted by Hudson Taylor, Founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally

It begins in our formative years as elementary school children on the playground. It grows as we enter middle and high school. It deepens as we move to college and beyond. Friendship is one of the first forms of human relationships that we learn. Interacting with others seems to be dictated by smiling, socializing and offering some form of genuine respect. In a real sense, being a friend is being an ally.
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February 28, 2014 | The Heart of Darkness

Posted by Kelley Szany, Director of Educational Outreach and Genocide Initiatives at the Illinois Holocaust Museum

Our consciousness was awoken last week by a recent United Nations report that found that “systematic, widespread, and gross human rights violations” have been committed in North Korea. In many instances, the violations found entailed crimes against humanity.
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