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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Faces of Humanity Film Series
“Watchers of the Sky”

Sunday, April 26 | 12:30 – 3:30 pm

watchers of the sky“…an impressive and artful cinematic thesis of palpable substance.” (Sundance Film Review)

This documentary interweaves four stories of remarkable courage while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin – the man who created the world “genocide,” and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities.

Post-screening discussion with Museum Director of Education, Kelley Szany, and Holocaust Survivor Beatrice Muchman.

*Cost: $15, $10 Members

Generously supported by Beatrice Muchman.

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STAGED READING : The Last Cyclist

Thursday, April 30 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

cyclistGenesis Theatrical Production presents “The Last Cyclist,” a special satirical play written and rehearsed in the Terezin Concentration Camp, but never performed. Written by Karel Švenk, the play is an example of the extraordinary resilience displayed by concentration camp inmates and tells of a land ni which a mad dictator proclaims all bicycle riders must be removed.

*Cost: $15, $10 Members

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After the killing fields:
A forty year perspective of the Cambodian Genocide

Tuesday, May 5 | 5:30- 8:00 pm

Cambodia-homepage-434x293-040215Join us for the exhibition opening event of Three Years, Eight Months, and Twenty Days: The Cambodian Atrocities and the Search for Justice. 

Survival, response, documentation and justice are explored during a powerful symposium.

Speakers include: Steven Bridges, British Consul General in Chicago, British Ambassador to Cambodia (2001-2004), and Ambassador David Scheffer, U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Expert on United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, former U.S. Ambassador at-large for War Crimes, Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law at Northwestern University, Director of the Center for International Human Rights; and Kompha Seth, Executive Director, Cambodian Association of Illinois and Cambodian American Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial.

Free to the public.

Co-Sponsored by Center for International Human Rights – Northwestern University Law School in partnership with Cambodian Association of Illinois.

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Book & Author: Joan Adler

Thursday, May 7 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

for the sake of the childrenIn 2007, letters between University of Heidelberg roommates and lifelong friends, Otto Frank and Nathan Straus Jr.,  revealed for the first time that Otto Frank, diarist Anne Frank’s father, tried desperately to get his family out of war torn Holland in 1941, fifteen months before they went into hiding in the now famous attic at Prinsengracht 263, Amsterdam. As history has proven, neither possession of friends in powerful positions nor recognition of the toxic climate in Amsterdam could save Otto’s family.

For the Sake of the ChildrenThe Letters Between Otto Frank and Nathan Straus Jr., enriches our understanding of the relationship between these two men and gives us greater insight into this tragic era.

Join us as Joan Adler, Executive Director of the Straus Historical Society, discusses her book.

Book signing to follow.

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Community Wide Commemoration:
70th Anniversary of Victory Day

Friday, May 8 | 10:00 – 11:30 am

TSJE-homepageA2-434x293-012815Honoring the victory of Soviet and Allied forces in World War II and Holocaust Survivors.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Association of World War II Veterans.

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.

Free to the public.

Program will be offered in English with Russian translation.

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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 May 10, 2015, Steen Metz will share his story.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASteen Metz was born in Odense, Denmark, in 1935. In the fall of 1943, approximately 450 Danish Jews (about 5% of the country’s Jewish population) were rounded up and sent to Terezin (Theresienstadt), including Steen and his parents. Steen’s father died of starvation after six months. Steen and his mother remained in Terezin for eighteen months. In April, 1945, the Swedish Red Cross picked up 423 surviving Danish Jews from Terezin, including Steen and his mother, and brought them to Copenhagen. The camp was liberated less than a month later. Steen and his mother remained in Denmark, where he completed his education. He immigrated to Canada in 1960 and to the United States in 1962.

Free with Museum admission.


Book & Author: Steve Richards

Thursday, May 14 | 6:30- 8:00 pm

sitting on top of the worldAfter nine-year-old Jew, Kurt (Walker) Wagner is expelled out of Nazi Germany, he begins a seven year odyssey that culminates with his adoption in America. It is during this journey he learns that his unknown father is a Nazi Brownshirt and that his ten-year-old Christian brother lived only blocks from him.

Join us as Steve Richards discuss his book, Sitting on Top of the World.

Book signing to follow.

Proceeds go to a memorial fund for Camp De Gurs.

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Faces of Humanity Film Series
“The Flat”

Sunday, May 17 | 1:00-3:30 pm

poster_1As a documentarian cleans out the flat that belonged to his grandparents – both immigrants from Nazi Germany – he uncovers clues pointing to a chocking story. Following the documentary, Yonit Hoffman, Director of Holocaust Community Services/CJE Senior Life, discusses coping with the loss of a parent or grandparent in families touched by the Holocaust.


*Cost: $15, $10 Members

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 A Mother’s Day Miracle

Book & Author: Wendy Holden

Tuesday, May 19 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Born Survivors hc cIllinois Holocaust Museum’s Women’s Leadership Committee presents the North American book launch of Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance and Hope, which tells the astonishing true story of three mothers who conceived children in Bratislava and the ghettos of Terezin and Lodz, hid their pregnancies from Dr. Mengele in Auschwitz, and then, nearly starved and worked to death, gave birth en route to the notorious Mauthausen concentration camp.

70 years since the camp’s liberation and their unbelievable births, join the three “babies”–Eva Clarke, Mark Olsky and Hana Moran–as well as the book’s best-selling and internationally acclaimed author, Wendy Holden, as they share their personal stories and answer questions.

CBS news anchor and daughter of Holocaust Survivors Regine Schlessinger will lead the discussion.

Generous support for this event has been provided by John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe & Rick and Jacquie Salomon

Dessert reception and book signing to follow.

$20 Admission $40 Admission & Born Survivors book ($6.95 savings)
$100 Admission, Born Survivors book & 1 Museum Family Membership ($21.95 savings)
Space is limited.

Reservations required.
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In Conversation With…

Liberation: Looking Back at 70 Years

Thursday, May 28 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

In cooperation with the First Division Museum at Cantigny, we reflect on the memories of the war’s end in 1945 through conversation with Holocaust Survivors and World War II veterans.

Reservations required.

Free with admission.

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In Conversation With…

Holocaust survivor Matus Stolov

Sunday, May 31 | 1:30-4:00 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


Under the direction of Maestro Phil Simmons, more than two dozen musicians will perform compositions by Wuerzburger, Haas and Shostakovich, and a new work created specifically for this event by Moscow-born Chicago composer Ilya Levinson.

Mr. Levinson shares his unique experience as an artist from the former Soviet Union with firsthand experience of religious oppression and Stalinist propaganda.  He will speak at the concert about his perception of Through Soviet Jewish Eyes, and how it inspired the creation of his new work.

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.

*Cost:  $30; $20 Members

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Faces of Humanity Film Series: “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.

*Cost: $15, $10 Members

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




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