The Museum hosts a wide array of films, discussions, lectures, concerts and family programs to probe more deeply into aspects of civil rights, human rights, tolerance and history.
Most programs are free with Museum admission or membership.
*Exceptions noted.

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May 30  and June 6, 13, 20 and 27  10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Interact With “New Dimensions in Testimony” Technology

Pinchas2Ask Holocaust Survivor Pinchas Gutter any question you would like, and “natural language” technology software will retrieve an appropriate response, creating an interactive dialogue, as if Pinchas were in the room!

Illinois Holocaust Museum is the first world-wide testing site for New Dimensions in Testimony, an interactive educational tool pioneered by USC Shoah Foundation, USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) and Conscience Display that will permit students far into the future to ‘talk’ with Holocaust Survivors about their life experiences.

Free with Museum admission


In Conversation With…

Holocaust survivor Matus Stolov

Sunday, May 31 | 1:30-3:00 pm


Image Courtesy of IHMEC; gift of Matus Stolov

Hear first-hand how Matus Stolov  hid with family members within the Minsk ghetto for a year, until false documents helped them escape. On the run for a year, the family was at last able to cross the front line to the non-occupied Soviet Union where they were liberated. 

This program is presented in conjunction with the Museum’s main special exhibition Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust, open through September 7, 2015.

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Musical Performance: Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, June 7 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm


Experience a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear music of prominent 20th century Russian and Jewish composers. Twenty-four extraordinary musicians will be conducted by award-winning Maestro Philip Simmons. This concert complements the Museum’s special exhibition Through Soviet Jewish Eyes, which reveals a rarely seen perspective of World War II through the lens of the most important Soviet Jewish photojournalists.

*Cost:  $20; $15 Members

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Family Day at the Museum

Sunday, June 7 | 11:00-2:30 pm

Enjoy gallery tours, art activities and refreshments with Illinois Holocaust Museum, Anti-Defamation League and National Veterans Art Museum.

Teachers and their families receive free admission with school ID

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Survivor Presentations

Every second Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm, the public has the unique opportunity to hear a Holocaust survivor tell their story and answer questions. On June 14, 2015, Ralph Rehbock will share his story.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen Ralph Rehbock was born on July 11, 1934, in Gotha, Germany, the Nazis had already been ruling the country for more than a year.  Anti-Semitism was growing; daily life became harder and harder for Jewish people. In December 1938, after synagogues were burned and Jewish businesses destroyed the previous month during “Kristallnacht,” Ralph and his family fled to America.  Thanks to this decision the family escaped death in Germany. Ralph is an active member of the community, serving as Vice President and officer of the Executive Board at the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois. Ralph continues to speak extensively on the local and state level about his experiences and lessons of the Holocaust.

Free with Museum admission.


Young Professional Committee’s

Thursday, June 18 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Thompson Hotel, 21 E. Bellevue Place, Chicago

registration artwork 2Kick-off the summer in the city with premium bar, bites and laughs by comedian and “Last Comic Standing” finalist Gary Gulman.

Network with young professionals in Chicago and learn how you can become an advocate for social good and make a difference in your community.

6:00-7:00 pm Networking
7:00-9:00 pm YPC program & set with Gary Gulman

Tickets & Sponsorships start at $75

Reservations required.

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“Lessons of Survival”

Sunday, June 21 | 1:00-3:30 pm

lessons of survivalIn conversations with the legendary Simon Wiesenthal, documentary filmmaker Inna Rogatchi allows us to learn from his insights into the Holocaust and its implications to this day.
Dr. Inna Rogatchi, the author of the film and personal friend of Simon Wiesenthal, will be present at the event as Special Guest and Speaker.

*Cost: $15, $10 Members

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 Presented in partnership with Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema


JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival

Thursday, June 25 

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival promotes narrative and documentary; vintage and foreign; feature length and shorts; films that reach across age groups, for families, young adults, and seniors. Join us as we bring the Chicago community together to experience films with a wide range of themes and perspective. This festival is a no holds barred approach to diversity and the strong Jewish contributions to world culture.

24 Days - A beautiful young woman walks into a Parisian cellphone shop, looks around, and asks for the sales attendant’s number. Later, she calls asking to meet. Who could have known Ilan, the 23 year old man, was flirting with death? The next time his family hears from him is through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding ransom. Based on a book co-written by Ilan’s mother, Ruth Halimi, Arcady’s cinematic adaptation offers a searing insight into his vicious ordeal and the harrowing experience of his family waiting and hoping the Police would save their son.

French director Alexandre Arcady delivers one of the most “wrenching and politically astute” films to come out of France (Screen Daily).

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Mr. Kaplan - A hilarious, crowd pleasing dark comedy revolving around a Jewish retiree who is convinced that the shy, old German owner of a local seafront restaurant is in fact a former Nazi. Jacob Kaplan lives an ordinary life in Uruguay. Like many of his other Jewish friends, Jacob fled Europe for South America during World War II. But now turning 76, he’s become grumpy and fed up with his community and his family’s lack of interest in its own heritage.”

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Sammy: The Journey  - Sam R. Harris (Sammy  Szlamek Rzeznik) is one of the youngest Holocaust survivors. Born in Deblin, Poland, in 1935, he was just 4 years old when his town was bombed and he witnessed death and destruction for the first time. Having lost his parents and most of his family during the Holocaust, Sammy hid, from the ages of seven to nine-and-a-half, in two concentration camps: Deblin and Czestochowa. Had he been found, he would have been killed.

Sammy, although an orphan when he arrived in the USA at the age of twelve, was filled with hope about the possibilities awaiting him. Even though he didn’t know anyone in the USA, and did not know what was in store for him, he was excited about what the future held. This optimism, which is still so much a part of Sam Harris’s  upbeat personality today, is infectious and inspirational. He speaks to thousands of children and adults annually,  honoring the memories of the millions who were murdered during the Holocaust, and especially, the one-and-a-half-million Jewish children who died. He also keeps the gifts of freedom and the seemingly endless  positive possibilities in life, at the forefront of his talks. A successful business man and the recipient of many awards, Sam Harris was the instrumental force behind the building of the 65,000 square foot Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center, of which he is President Emeritus.

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Night Will Fall - After Allied forces liberated Nazi concentration camps in 1945, Sidney Bernstein of the British government’s Ministry of Information and his team, including supervising director Alfred Hitchcock, drew on this footage shot at Bergen-Belsen, Dachau and Auschwitz, to create a harrowing film titled “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey.” Night Will Fall reveals the previously untold story of this deeply moving documentary.

Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, directed by André Singer (executive producer of “The Act of Killing”) and produced by Sally Angel and Brett Ratner (the “Rush Hour” series, “X Men: The Last Stand,” “Hercules”), the film juxtaposes insights from the survivors and soldiers who liberated them and the filmmakers who recorded these appalling images.

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IL Arts Council Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency





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