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Most programs are free with Museum admission or membership. Reservations are required for all programs. (Exceptions noted.) Please note that program fees are nonrefundable.

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What Can A Hologram Tell You About the Holocaust?

Experience the first interactive 3D exhibit of its kind. Get real responses to real questions from the holograms of real Holocaust Survivors in the new Take a Stand Center.

WEEKDAYS on the hour 11 am–4 pm | THURSDAYS on the hour 11 am–7 pm | WEEKENDS 10:15 am & on the hour 11 am–4 pm

Advance tickets recommended.

 

 

Tyler Hilton Performs at YPC’s 2nd Annual Benefit Concert

Thursday, January 25, 7:00 – 11:00 pm

Park West, 322 West Armitage Ave, Chicago

Rock out with the Young Professional Committee as they present an exclusive live performance by Tyler Hilton, singer/songwriter and actor. Tyler’s popular acting roles include Chris Keller on CW’s One Tree Hill, and Elvis Presley in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line.

Tickets include an open bar package and start at $100.

 

 

 

Meet Holocaust Survivor Ralph Rehbock

Saturday, January 27, 12:30 -1:30 pm

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.

Meet Ralph on January 27 to hear his incredible story.

Free with Museum admission.

 

 

 

International Day of Holocaust Remembrance

The New Music Studio at Terezin

Sunday, January 28, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Community Partners: Hadassah Chicago – North Shore, The Music Institute of Chicago

Conductor Murry Sidlin, President and Creative Director of the Defiant Requiem Foundation, provides an overview of about twenty composers who created many works at Terezin, the “model” ghetto/concentration camp established by the Nazis outside of Prague.  Maestro Sidlin shares recorded examples of their music of longing, fate, hidden messages, eyewitnesses, pure entertainment and heartbreak.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

 

 

Exhibition Opening Event

Speak Truth to Power

Sunday, February 4, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, provides keynote remarks, sharing insights from her book Speak Truth to Power, and her family’s storied tradition of public service.

Learn more about the special exhibition Speak Truth to Power: Human  Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

 

 

 

Special Presentation

If Not Now, When?: Impact and Response to the Rohingya Genocide

Thursday, February 8 6:00-8:30 pm

Community Partners : Bosnian American Genocide Institute & Education Center, Illinois Holocaust & Genocide Commission, Muslim Community Center Interfaith & Outreach Committee, Rohingya Cultural Center Chicago,  Unsilence,  Chicago South Sudanese Community Center, and the  National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial

The international efforts and responses to the genocide of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar (formerly Burma), raises challenging questions. Facing increasing persecution, escalating violence, forced statelessness, and innumerable restrictions at the hands of the state the Rohingya have experienced ongoing atrocities.

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion to understand the crisis, its impact, and learn what we can do- here in the United States- to ensure the Rohingya people can live with health, safety and dignity.

In Conversation With Dr. Azeem Ibrahim, Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute at US Army War College, Senior Fellow at the  Centre for Global Policy in Washington, and  Author of The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide , Dr. Mohammed Zaher Sahloul,  MedGlobal, Cofounder and President. President Emeritus of the Syrian American Medical Society, SAMS, and moderated by  Shoshana Buchholz-Miller, Vice President of Education and Exhibitions, IHMEC

Admission is free.  Reservations required.

 

 

 

Survivor Talk: Agnes Schwartz

Sunday, February 11, 12:30 -1:30 pm

Agnes is from Budapest, Hungary. Upon occupation by Nazi forces in 1944, she was forced to move into a Jewish star house. At 10 years old, the family maid (Julia Balazs) took Agnes in as her “niece” who was fleeing from the Russian army. During Allied bombings, Agnes was sent underground to hide for months. Agnes’ father was saved by Raoul Wallenberg and hid in one of his safe houses. Her grandmother, grandfather, and aunt were drowned in the Danube. Her mother was deported and perished at Bergen-Belsen.

Free with Museum admission.

 

 

 

Architecture Tour: Symbolic By Design

February 11, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

See how renowned architect Stanley Tigerman infused each space in the Museum with historical and emotional symbolism.

Free with Museum admission.

 

 

 

 

Film & Discussion

BESA: The Promise

Sunday, February 11, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Community Partners: Albanian American Women’s Association of Greater Chicago, Coming Together Skokie

Acting upon their code of honor, Muslim men and women saved nearly all of Albania’s Jewish population in World War II.  This film tells the stories of these heroes through two men: photographer Norman Gershman, who documented first-person accounts of the rescuers, and Muslim-Albanian Rexhep Hoxha, son of a rescuer.

A discussion follows.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

 

 

Survivor Talk: Matus Stolov

Saturday, February 24, 12:30 -1:30 pm

Born in Minsk, Belarus, the son of Polish Jewish parents, Matus Stolov’s experience highlights the little-known story of the Holocaust in the Nazi-occupied territories of the Former Soviet Union. Matus and his mother were interned in the Minsk ghetto but were able to escape and eventually cross into Soviet-controlled territory with the help of false identity papers secured by his non-Jewish aunt. After the war, Matus continued his education despite continuing antisemitism and became an engineer. Matus and his family came to Chicago as refuseniks in the early 1980s.

Free with Museum admission.

 

 

 

Live Performance

We Are the White Rose: Teen Voices of Resistance

Sunday, February 25, 2:00 -3:30 pm

Community Partner: Skokie Public Library

Teens from local junior highs and high schools perform an original play based on contemporary upstanders, and the courageous student resistance movement, the “White Rose,” one of the few German groups that spoke out against Nazi genocidal policies during the holocaust.

A talk back with the cast follows.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

 

 

Book & Author

The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust

Sunday, March 4, 2:00 -3:30 pm

Community Partner: Anti-Defamation League

Amos N. Guiora, University of Utah law professor and retired lieutenant colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, uses lessons learned from the Holocaust to show the consequences of non-intervention in this recent book, The Crime of Complicity.  Guiora brings the issue into current perspective with such examples as sexual assaults on campus and other cases.

A book signing follows.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

 

 

Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Wednesday, March 7

Join us for one of Chicago’s largest gatherings of Holocaust Survivors and hear from keynote speaker The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1997-2007).

The Museum presents the Humanitarian Awards to Mitchell Feiger, President & CEO, MB Financial, INC.; and Pamela L. Netzky, Founder & Former President, Skinnypop Popcorn, now Amplify Snack Brands; and the Distinguished Community Leadership Award to the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, represented by David D. Hiller, President & CEO.

 

 

 

Survivor Talk: Kurt Gutfreund

Sunday, March 11, 12:30 -1:30 pm

Kurt Gutfreund was born in January 1938 in Vienna, Austria.  Kurt and his mother were able to survive in hiding until the end of 1942, when they were arrested and deported to the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.  Kurt and his mother would survive in Terezin until their liberation 1945.

Free with Museum admission.

 

 

 

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, March 11, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

The fifth annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival features the finest in recent film offerings with Jewish themes.  See one, two or more feature or documentary films, each followed by an audience discussion. 

10:30 am | Destination Unknown Reserve my spot>
12:30 pm | Vitch  Reserve my spot>
2:30 pm | 1945 Reserve my spot>
5:00 pm | Zuzana: Music Is Life Reserve my spot>

$13 adults, $11 seniors and students. Call 847.763.3507 with questions.

 

Live Performance

Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark

Monday, March 26, 7:00 pm

In partnership with Lookingglass Theatre Company, we present for one evening only Ariel Dorfman’s play Voices from Beyond the Dark, based on interviews Kerry Kennedy conducted with a wide range of world activists for her book Speak Truth to Power.  This powerful drama that examines how evil can be overcome with determination and knowledge will be performed by some of Chicago’s finest actors.

Reservations required.

$20 Non-Members

$10 Members

 

 

Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency

 

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