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Developments in Israel and the Gaza Strip

Resolution of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors


We – the community of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center – mourn the murder and wounding of hundreds of soldiers and innocent Israeli civilians during an unprovoked attack on Israel by Hamas terrorists, which is known to have resulted in more than 1,300 people killed, 2,500 wounded, and nearly 200 taken hostage. Hostages include infants, children, and the elderly – even a Holocaust Survivor – with reports of hostages being tortured in the Gaza Strip.

The horrific attacks by Hamas resulted in unfathomable anguish for the people of Israel. This is a difficult time emotionally for many of us in the community.

Our hearts are with the people of Israel as they try to be resilient in the face of heartbreak and terror.

We look to the example of the Survivors who founded this Museum, who were subject to the unimaginable but pressed forward, creating new lives and sharing their stories to ensure the future was better than the past.

We owe it to Survivors who made Israel their home after the Holocaust and who continue to press on the world to make ‘Never Again’ a reality in our time.


We condemn in the strongest possible terms the atrocities perpetrated by Hamas against the people of Israel.  We will not rest until those who would obliterate the Jews are rejected by the world and see that their efforts are made in vain. 

We stand with the people of Israel as they face unimaginable terror and anguish and rebuild their lives.

With the Survivors’ legacy in mind, our Museum will continue to open its doors and welcome everyone who seeks to learn about the consequences of hatred and the power of hope and resilience. 

We will continue to speak out against the rising tide of antisemitism and other forms of hate.

In an effort to support our broader community, we will share, and develop as needed, resources to help learners of all ages, including children.

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