Current Special Exhibitions


Through Soviet Jewish Eyes:  Photography, War, and the Holocaust

February 22 – September 7, 2015

Main Special Exhibition Gallery

Although World War II is one of the most documented conflicts of the 20th century, western audiences know very little about the Soviet Jewish photojournalists who captured some of the most riveting and powerful images of the war. These wartime photographers were the first liberators to bear witness with cameras to Nazi atrocities, three years before Americans arrived at Buchenwald and Dachau. Photographers including, Evgenii Khaldei, Georgii Zelma, and Dmitrii Baltermants, merged documentary photography with avant-garde sensibilities to create works that had a profound influence on 20th century art and beyond.

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70th Anniversary of Victory Day
Friday, May 8 | 10:00 – 11:30 am
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Holocaust Survivor Matus Stolov
Sunday, May 31 | 1:30 pm
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Presenting Sponsor: The Michael Polsky Family.

Supporting Sponsors: David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, The Golder Family Foundation, and grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Community Partners: Chicago Connect; Holocaust Community Services, a collaborative effort of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Jewish Child and Family Services, and CJE SeniorLife; the Russian Jewish Division of the Jewish United Fund; and HIAS Chicago.

Media Sponsors: Reklama Media, Chicago Ethnic Media, and Svet Russian Media Group.

Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust is curated by David Shneer and Lisa Tamiris Becker, and is organized by the CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder.


Remember Me:
Soviet Jewish Artifacts from the Permanent Collection of the Illinois Holocaust Museum

February 22-September 7, 2015

Main Special Exhibition Gallery

2007.38.11“Remember me…”
These are the last words written on the back of a photograph displayed in this exhibition. Over forty photographs and personal items from local individuals describe the stories of the Soviet Jewish experience during the Holocaust, whether in the ghettos of the Baltics, in refuge in Tashkent and elsewhere, or in the heat of battle in the Red Army. The exhibition explores diverse stories of tragedy, survival, combat, and of human endurance.





Abandoned at Srebrenica:

Photographs from the Aftermath

March 26, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Second Floor Hall of Reflection Gallery

IHMEC-20thcommbadgeBetween July and December 2002, Bosnian photographer Tarik Samarah documented the lives of Srebrenica survivors and the work of identifying the dead from the mass graves. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum turned his collection into an exhibition that preserves the memory of those lost and gives insight into the aftermath of genocide. “After Auschwitz the world said never again,” Samarah states, explaining the project, “but Srebrenica happened. After Srebrenica, massacres and crimes continue…I would be ashamed to be quiet in this kind of world.”

This exhibition commemorates 20 years since the genocide and is presented in partnership with the Bosnian American Genocide Institute.

Abandoned at Srebrenica: Photographs from the Aftermath was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.





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