March
HUMANITARIAN AWARDS DINNER 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

 

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Wed, Mar 13
5:00 – 9:00 pm

Former President Bill Clinton will provide the keynote remarks at this year’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner where we will pay tribute to our cherished Holocaust Survivors. John Ettelson, President and CEO of William Blair, will receive the Humanitarian Award.

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April
THE FUTURE OF HOLOCAUST MEMORY IN MUSEUMS

 

IL Holocaust Museum
Thurs, April 4
4:30 – 7:45 pm

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, join us for the Chicago premiere of Survivor Eva Kor’s interactive hologram, featuring Dimensions in Testimony, developed by USC Shoah Foundation in association with Illinois Holocaust Museum. Following the premiere join us for a conversation with Susan Abrams, CEO, Illinois Holocaust Museum, Eva Kor, Mengele Twin Survivor and Founder of CANDLES Holocaust Museum, and Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Holocaust scholar and Co-Curator of Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition, as they discuss the trajectory of Holocaust memory and education through the use of technology, storytelling, and digital interactives.

  • Eva Hologram Showing: 4:30 – 5:15 pm, 5:45 – 6:30 pm
           Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience
  • Reception with Champagne Toast and Remarks from Museum Leadership: 6:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Panel Discussion: 7:00 – 7:45 pm

We will continue to show Eva’s hologram April 5-April 7, and then intermittently throughout the year.

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May
ELLEN V. AND PHILIP L. GLASS HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATIVE SERIES
YOM HASHOAH COMMUNITY-WIDE COMMEMORATION

 

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah,
Wilmette

Sun, May 5
1:30 – 3:00 pm

Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, established by the Israeli Knesset in 1959, commemorates the victims of the Holocaust. The program will include remarks by Chicago-area civic, religious, and political leaders, music by violinist David Lisker, and candle lighting by eyewitnesses and descendants.

This community–wide commemoration is in partnership with Sheérit HaPleitah of Metropolitan Chicago, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, and Association of Descendants of the Shoah-Illinois.

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June
ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED: 90TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY

 

IL Holocaust Museum
Wed, June 5
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Seventy-four years after her death, Anne Frank’s diary retains its importance as a literary work, wartime and Holocaust document, and as a biography of a life cut short. Join us to reflect on the girl who would have turned 90 this month and gain insights into the work of the Anne Frank House. Ronald Leopold, Executive Director, will describe how his museum serves as a window to the past and a mirror to the present.

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July
A DOOR CLOSED: THE UNKNOWN STORY OF AMERICA’S FAILED ‘KINDERTRANSPORT’

 

 

IL Holocaust Museum
Thu, July 25
6:30 – 8:00 pm

By late 1938, Nazi policies had resulted in a refugee crisis, as Jews and other threatened groups attempted to flee the German Reich. During 1939, intense debate raged in Congress about legislation that would have allowed 20,000 refugee children into the United States outside of America’s restrictive immigration quotas. Join us for a thought-provoking conversation as we explore the history and controversy of the bill, public opinion at the time, and the legacy of immigration and refugee policies.

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August
PEACE GARDEN DEDICATION

 

IL Holocaust Museum
Tues, August 27
6:00 – 7:30 pm

The Peace Garden welcomes visitors to Illinois Holocaust Museum and creates a sanctuary for reflection after their Museum experience. With a diversity of plantings, inspirational quotes, and seating, the Peace Garden provides an inviting and educational space for visitors to prepare for and then process new ideas and perspectives. We will dedicate this space with a ribbon cutting, music, and special programming.

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September
MEMORY UNEARTHED: THE LODZ GHETTO PHOTOGRAPHS OF HENRYK ROSS EXHIBITION OPENING

 

IL Holocaust Museum
Sun, Sept 22
2:00 – 3:30 pm

Memory Unearthed offers an extraordinarily rare glimpse of resistance inside the Lodz Ghetto during WWII, through the lens of Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross. In 1940, Ross was confined to the Lodz Ghetto and put to work as a bureaucratic photographer taking official photographs for Jewish identification cards and Nazi propaganda. Unofficially, and forbidden from doing so, Ross risked his life to document the realities of life in the ghetto. After liberation, Ross recovered more than 3,000 negatives, buried before the ghetto was liquidated. Memory Unearthed presents more than 300 of Ross’s powerful photographs, comprising a realistic and intimate visual record of the Holocaust.

The opening program will feature a panel discussion with exhibition curator Maia-Mari Sutnik, Curator Emeritus, Photography, the Art Gallery of Ontario; and Judith Cohen, Chief Acquisitions Curator, USHMM.

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October
DONALD AND SUE PRITZKER VOICES OF CONSCIENCE LECTURE
FOOTSTEPS OF MY FATHER: AN EVENING WITH PASTOR CHRIS EDMONDS

 

IL Holocaust Museum
Thurs, Oct 17
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Pastor Chris Edmonds is the son of WWII hero Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, whose extraordinary courage saved the lives of more than 200 Jewish American soldiers in a prisoner of war camp in Germany. In 2016, Roddie Edmonds was posthumously recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations. He was the fifth American to be recognized and to date the only American soldier awarded this honor. As founder of Roddie’s Code, Pastor Chris is committed to extending the legacy and leadership of Sgt. Edmonds by inspiring heroes everywhere to enjoy life and express love, while working towards a better world.

 

November
ELLEN V. AND PHILIP L. GLASS HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATIVE SERIES
81ST ANNIVERSARY OF KRISTALLNACHT: COMMUNITY-WIDE COMMEMORATION

 

IL Holocaust Museum
Date and Time To Be Determined

Community-wide commemoration with a to-be-confirmed keynote speaker, this event will make thoughtful connections between the past and present, while sharing hopes for a better future.

Kristallnacht commemorates the two-day period in 1938 when the Nazis unleashed a horrific and unprecedented assault on the Jewish communities of Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland. The spark that ignited the Holocaust, these devastating pogroms would eventually become known as Kristallnacht – the “Night of Broken Glass.”

 

December
PFEFFER FAMILY FORUM
CONFRONTING ANTISEMITISM

 

IL Holocaust Museum
Date and Time To Be Determined

This year’s annual historical forum will examine the contemporary issues and challenges stemming from rising antisemitism. The program will present concrete actions for combatting such acts of hatred in our neighborhoods, on high school and college campuses, and on a global scale.

 

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