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April 8, 2021
Daily Herald | Combating extremism through education
Extremism and domestic terrorism are not new problems in our country, but they are challenges that in recent weeks have come into sharper focus. How to address these trends and reverse the rise in extremist and domestic terror activities — actions that are dangerous to human life and that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States — is an increasingly urgent question.
April 2, 2021
WBBM | Hologram-based remembrance debuts at Illinois Holocaust Museum
A new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie tells the story of a woman whose life was saved because of her musical talent. Anita Lasker Wallfisch was sent to Auschwitz at age 18. Because she played the cello, she was put into the women’s orchestra at the camp.
March 30, 2021
Chicago Magazine | 10 Events to Visit in Chicago in April
Change can start anywhere – even a jail cell. See the new immersive exhibition, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom, now open at Illinois Holocaust Museum.
March 23, 2021
Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press | Racism in education program fortifies Skokie Holocaust Center Mandela exhibit
Systemic racism is in the news. It is also in the schools.
Dr. Terry Flennaugh, associate professor and director of Urban Education Initiatives at Michigan State University, will address this topic in a Lunch & Learn virtual lecture on April 6, presented by the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie.
March 11, 2021
NBC | Illinois Holocaust Museum Features Inspiring Nelson Mandela Exhibit
The Illinois Holocaust Museum opened a new exhibit, featuring the inspiring life of former South African President Nelson Mandela. NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter reports.
March 3, 2021
Conde Nast Traveler | 14 Best Museums in Chicago
What started in 1981 as a small storefront museum created by Holocaust survivors after an attempted neo-Nazi march in Skokie, has grown into the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, a 65,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility designed by architect Stanley Tigerman.
February 20, 2021
ABC | Nelson Mandela exhibit opens at Illinois Holocaust Museum
Nelson Mandela was released from prison 31 years ago, this month. He had spent 27 years behind bars, most of them in a seven-by-eight-foot cell. Today, a new exhibit about Mandela is opening at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
February 18, 2021
WBBM | Nelson Mandela exhibit debuts at Illinois Holocaust Museum
The Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie has a new exhibit opening Saturday that ties in with Black History Month. The exhibit, “Mandela: Struggle for Freedom,” traces the history of the fight against apartheid in South Africa, with Nelson Mandela as one of its central figures.
February 18, 2021
Chicago Magazine | Why the Holocaust Museum Is Tackling Apartheid
Upon hearing that the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is hosting a Nelson Mandela exhibition, one might ask: What does Nelson Mandela have to do with the Holocaust? The answer: Well, nothing directly. But Mandela: Struggle for Freedom, running February 20 through September 12 (and available to see both in person and virtually), does reflect the Skokie museum’s larger mission.
February 16, 2021
Illinois State University News | World-renowned Holocaust historian explains how ordinary people can commit such atrocities
Nazi Germany’s Reserve Police Battalion 101 executed tens of thousands of innocent men, women, and children during World War II. These reserve police officers were responsible for mass shootings and roundups of Jewish people deported to Nazi death camps in 1942 during the German occupation of Poland. The group dynamic at play within this force turned otherwise ordinary, working-class German men into cold-blooded killers, said world-renowned Holocaust historian and author Christopher Browning.
Browning delivered a Zoom lecture February 11 in an event sponsored by the Illinois State University’s Department of Criminal Justice Sciences, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
February 10, 2021
Deadline | SXSW Film Festival Unveils Full Lineup; Charli XCX Quarantine Feature To Close Fest; Tom Petty Docu Set As Centerpiece
A Promise Kept
Directors: Ken Winikur, Ariel Efron, Screenwriters: Susan Abrams, Ariel Efron, Kelley Szany, Ken Winikur, Producers: Susan Abrams, Kelley Szany
This gripping virtual reality experience takes you on a journey back to the notorious Auschwitz killing center with Holocaust Survivor, Fritzie Fritzshall as she fulfills her promise to the 599 women who helped save her life. (World Premiere)
February 10, 2021
WGN/Chicago Scene | Time is running out to see the Notorious RBG exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum
Time is running out if you want to catch the first-ever exhibit devoted solely to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg concludes its run at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center on February 20. Based on the New York Times bestselling book and Tumbler page that shares the same name, it’s the first of its kind, focusing on the judicial icon and her impact on our country.
February 8, 2021
Secret Chicago | An Immersive Nelson Mandela Exhibition Is Coming To Chicago This Month
According to Chief Curator, Arielle Weininger, in addition to paying homage to the legacy and unbreakable will of the eponymous human rights champion, the exhibition will explore themes such as “the role of nonviolent protest, the power of youth, and the indignities of incarceration that still resonate today.”
January 30, 2021
Chicago Crusader | Illinois Holocaust Museum to Reopen February 3 with Free Admission
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is thrilled to reopen and excited to welcome the public back with free admission on Wednesday, February 3. In celebration of reopening, the Museum will continue to offer free admission on Wednesdays through February and March. In honor of Black History Month, the Museum will offer free admission Saturday, February 27, and Sunday, February 28. Tickets are required and can be reserved online.
January 28, 2021
Concierge Preferred | Experience “Notorious RBG” Virtually Before It’s Gone for Good!
Join the Illinois Holocaust Museum for a virtual tour right from the comfort of your own home of one of their most popular current exhibits. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is based on the New York Times bestselling book. This is the first-ever exhibit at the museum that is based solely on one individual person! Experience a lively exploration of Justice Ginsburg’s life and learn about her many roles in society.
January 27, 2021
The Everymom | How to Talk to Kids About the Holocaust
“The Holocaust provides a unique lens through which to understand the consequences of unchecked hatred and widespread indifference,” said Amanda Friedeman of The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. “But we must be mindful to introduce these lessons to our children in a way that is consistent with their developmental needs.” In other words, take what Friedeman termed a “gradual, spiraled approach” to teaching your child about this moment in history.
January 27, 2021
Candid Candace | The Nonprofit Issue: What Some of our Favorites have Planned for 2021
Each year, the Illinois Holocaust Museum hosts one of the largest fundraisers in Chicago and welcomes over 2,000 civic, business, and community leaders in support of the Museum’s educational outreach. On March 10, 2021, former NBA Star & Activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be the keynote speaker of the 2021 Humanitarian Awards Dinner.
January 27, 2021
CBS Chicago | Virtual Ceremonies Honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021
The Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie hosted a virtual event Tuesday night. The museum commemorated the day with a conversation on “Renia’s Diary,” a book published from the diary of Renia Spiegel, a 14-year-old girl who documented as the Nazi Party rose to power. Her family members, including her sister and niece, spoke about the discovery of the diary. You can watch the event online.
January 27, 2021
NBC Chicago | Chicago Area Honors Holocaust Remembrance Day
Educators and survivors across the Chicago area bring attention to Holocaust Remembrance Day by honoring lives lost to the genocide nearly 70 years ago. NBC 5’s Patrick Fazio reports.
January 27, 2021
WBEZ Reset | On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Warnings Of ‘Inaction’ Against Racism
Wednesday marks Holocaust Remembrance Day, which comes just three weeks after a Trump supporter infamously wore a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt at the siege on the U.S. Capitol building. As antisemitism is reportedly on the rise in the country, Reset talks to the Illinois Holocaust Museum about how they’re marking this day.
January 26, 2021
Midwest Living | What’s New in Illinois This Year
From February 20 to September 12, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center will host an exhibit dedicated to the history of the fight against apartheid in South Africa and of human rights leader Nelson Mandela.
January 25, 2021
Travel Awaits | Chicago Area Museums Begin To Reopen, Here’s The List
The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center will reopen on Wednesday, February 3, with a free-admission day. What’s more, admission will be free on all Wednesdays in February and March. Ticket information and hours of operation can be found here.
January 22, 2021
Patch | Illinois Holocaust Museum to Reopen to Public in February
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is thrilled to reopen and excited to welcome the public back with free admission on Wednesday, February 3. In celebration of reopening, the Museum will continue to offer free admission on Wednesdays through February and March.
January 21, 2021
Chicago Tribune | Art Institute, MCA and Illinois Holocaust Museum will reopen
Illinois Holocaust Museum reopens Feb. 3. That and subsequent Wednesdays through March will be free (with tickets, purchased online, still required). The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
In addition to the powerful permanent exhibition on the history and lessons of the Holocaust, the Skokie museum plans to open “Mandela: Struggle for Freedom” Feb. 20.
January 19, 2021
Chicago Parent | 15 Virtual Chicago Museum Experiences for Kids
The Illinois Holocaust Museum has launched a virtual museum with audio tours, a digital artifacts collection and documentaries. You can also book virtual tours of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.