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Take a Stand Center

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s Take a Stand Center is comprised of four interactive galleries that guide visitors through contemporary social justice issues and provide them with inspiration and tools to create positive change.

Hear from Chicagoland spoken word poet, Harold Green, as he introduces the Take a Stand Center.

It was like they were sitting right in front of me, and we were having a conversation.


Meet a virtual Holocaust Survivor in the Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience holographic theater.

Imagine sitting in a theater talking to the hologram of Fritzie Fritzshall as she recounts her harrowing story of survival during the Holocaust. Picture talking to her about life when she was imprisoned at Auschwitz and about the promise she made to the 599 women who saved her life. After a short intro film, you will be able to ask questions to the holograms of Fritzie Fritzshall, Aaron Elster, and other Survivors in this award-winning innovative exhibition.

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United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In response to the atrocities of the Holocaust and World War II, the newly formed United Nations (U.N.) created the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Adopted in 1948, this milestone document outlines the fundamental rights all people deserve.

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Five Focus Areas

Life-size story portals, short films, and other hands-on interactives delve into five specific areas of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: economic opportunity, equal rights, safe communities, education, and health & environment. Click the icons below to meet Upstanders who have made a difference in these areas.

Three Additional Galleries

Explore Tools for Change

“One of the top 12 fall exhibitions in the world.”

Smithsonian magazine


“How to talk to Holocaust Survivors in the future? In Take a Stand’s holograms, the answer.”

Chicago Tribune


“One of the most memorable things we have ever visited on vacation. Emotions were so raw…If I could have hugged Fritzie’s hologram, I would have. Her story will stay with me the rest of my life. Thank you all for creating such a tremendous remembrance for the world’s truest and bravest heroes.”

Chantel Ogden Olsen

Photo credits: Scott Edwards; Kathleen Hinkel; Ron Gould Studios

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