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October 9, 2018

Skokie Review | ‘The Last Goodbye’ at Holocaust Museum offers survivor’s virtual tour of concentration camp

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is premiering a film where Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter takes viewers on an emotional tour through the Majdanek Nazi concentration camp in Poland, where he was held captive and where his parents and twin sister died.
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October 8, 2018

Daily Herald | Best Bets This Week

See some significant 20th century figures captured by a Chicago-area photojournalist in the new exhibit “Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro”. 
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October 6, 2018

Lenscratch | Jim Lommasson: Stories of Survival: Object – Image – Memory

If your life were in danger and you had to leave your home immediately, with no hope of returning, what would you take with you? What would you leave behind?
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September 27, 2018

Concierge Preferred | 4 Hidden Gem Museums to Explore

Illinois Holocaust Museum’s most groundbreaking exhibit is the Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience located in the Take a Stand Center.
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September 27, 2018

Make It Better | Stories of Survival at the IL Holocaust Museum

Magda Brown was born and raised in Miskolc, Hungary, in a safe and loving home. It wasn’t until her 17th birthday that her life would be forever changed. Brown is a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Buchenwald concentration camps.
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September 20, 2018

The 21st A production of Illinois Public Media | Stories of Survival at the IL Holocaust Museum

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie has a new exhibit called “Stories of Survival.”

It features photographs of objects with special meaning to people who were imprisoned not just in Nazi concentration camps, but other genocides throughout the 20th and 21st century.
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September 20, 2018

Medium | Artificial Intelligence Will Keep Our Loved Ones Alive

The Illinois Holocaust Museum has built a permanent theater to house the testimonies as part of its Take a Stand Center.
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September 19, 2018

Daily Herald | ‘No reason to be sad. … Reason to be proud’: Jewish congregation saying goodbye after 47 years

A Northwest suburban Jewish congregation’s final gift to posterity will be the dedication of its Torah, which survived the Holocaust concealed in a concentration camp in Poland, to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.
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September 19, 2018

Make It Better | 11 Things to do Around Chicago Sept. 21-23

Illinois Holocaust Museum is one of four museums to present this award-winning virtual reality film that introduces visitors to Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter as he visits Nazi death camp Majdanek.
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September 17, 2018

Chicago Magazine | The Women’s Leadership Committee Throws an End of Summer Soirée

The Illinois Holocaust Museum group welcomed hundreds of guests to Rockwell on the River for live entertainment, a silent auction, and more.
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September 13, 2018

Chicago Jewish News | Teaming up to Combat Hatred

Victory Gardens Theater and Illinois Holocaust Museum have joined together to offer innovative programming to further their shared goals of combating hatred, prejudice and indifference.
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July 21, 2018

ABC7 | Illinois Holocaust Museum opens ‘Stories of Survival’ exhibit 

When you’ve lost everything, a single object can take on extraordinary meaning. That’s the message behind a new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, called “Stories of Survival.”
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July 18, 2018

Chicago Sun Times | ‘Stories of Survival’ detailed by mementos, photos, family messages in exhibit 
Look around your house. Your bedroom. Your kitchen. Look at those items that have been amassed over the course of a lifetime, or passed down to you from generations long-gone.
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July 13, 2018

Chicago Tribune | Precious possessions: The genocide survivors who kept them tell their stories

An electric train set taken out of Germany by Jews fleeing the Holocaust. A set of playing cards made from an empty box of crackers by concentration camp inmates in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dresses and a cardigan sweater worn by two sisters — both children — who did not survive killings in Rwanda.
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July 10, 2018

Make It Better | 5 Reasons Not to Miss the New Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit: Stories of Survival

The new exhibition explores the journey and fight of survivors of the Holocaust and past genocides that have taken place around the world, including in Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Iraq, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Syria. Each story is told through everyday objects paired with personally annotated photographs.
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July 3, 2018

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum exhibit tells ‘Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory.’

A cookbook. A wedding announcement. A teddy bear missing one eye. Each of these objects in the newest exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center has special meaning to the people who brought them to this country and their descendants.
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June 22, 2018

ABC News | Skokie: The Legacy of the Would-Be Nazi March in a Town of Holocaust Survivors 

The images of neo-Nazis marching in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer served as a wake-up call for many Americans who thought that such shocking displays of hate were in the past.
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June 16, 2018

The Straits Times | Lifelike 3D holograms keep history alive and personal

Last October, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center made headlines when it unveiled pioneering hologram technology as part of its new Take A Stand Center.
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June 15, 2018

Chicago Now | What Happens When 3rd Graders Visit a Holocaust Museum

It was made clear to parents long before field trip day that the children would not spend time at any of the exhibits that focused on the atrocities of the Holocaust, but, within the education center, would focus on the concept of bystanders and upstanders.
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June 1, 2018

Chicago Tribune | Barbara Steiner, survivor who helped start Illinois Holocaust Museum, dies

Barbara Steiner, one of the founders of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, survived the 1943 uprising against the Germans in Warsaw, Poland, and three Nazi concentration camps.
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May 31, 2018

Chicago Sun Times | Barbara Steiner, who helped build Holocaust museum in Skokie, dead at 92

Long after making Molotov cocktails in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising to fight the Nazis and surviving death camps and the loss of more than 50 members of her family, Barbara Steiner was still fighting back.
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May 27, 2018

Northwest Indiana Times | ‘Where The Children Sleep’ exhibit continues at Illinois Holocaust Museum

Striking images by Swedish photographer Magnus Wennman are making an impact at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
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May 24, 2018

Skokie Review | Skokie trustees OK construction of a ‘peace’ pathway on Illinois Holocaust Museum campus

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center officials scored approval Tuesday from the Skokie Village Board to pave a tree-lined promenade along the museum’s rear facade.
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May 18, 2018

Curbed Chicago | The 27 best things to do in Chicago with kids
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May 18, 2018

The Chicago Moms | Illinois Holocaust Museum helps history come alive through high tech exhibitions

Recently I read about a new study stating that two-thirds of American millennials cannot identify Auschwitz. A Washington Post article goes on to say that. “Twenty-two percent of millennials in the poll said they haven’t heard of the Holocaust or are not sure whether they’ve heard of it.”
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May 16, 2018

Tablet Magazine | Meeting a Holocaust Survivor Inspired Illinois Students to Establish Genocide Museum in Their High School

With Elster’s story and challenge reverberating in their minds, the eight students formed a club they called Be the Change, drawing the name from one of Mohandas K. Gandhi’s most quoted lessons: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
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May 7, 2018

CA Commercial Architecture | Illinois Council of The American Institute of Architects (AIA Illinois) has named Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center as one of Illinois’ 200 Great Places, in honor of the state’s Bicentennial in 2018. 
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May 7, 2018

WGN | Runners of all ages participate in Race for Humanity 5K

WGN’s Lauren Jiggetts was the event’s emcee.
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May 7, 2018

Crain’s Chicago Business | The best exhibits in Chicago this summer

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May 2, 2018

Mommy Nearest | 30 Best Museums for Kids in Chicago
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May 2, 2018

Make It Better | 5 Things to Do Around Chicago this Weekend – Race for Humanity
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May 1, 2018

Sheridan Road | 2018 Humanitarian Awards Dinner
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April 20, 2018

The Illinois Holocaust Museum has created a new fund in memory of its late vice-president, who you can still meet in holographic form.
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April 30, 2018

Skokie Review Holocaust museum creates education fund in memory of survivor, leader Aaron Elster

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center has created a new education fund in memory of survivor and museum leader Aaron Elster, who died April 11 at age 86.
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April 24, 2018

Chicago Tribune | Fritzie Fritzshall shares horror of Holocaust, survival on Mayor Emanuel’s weekly podcast

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest podcast went back in time to take on a sobering topic, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in Poland with a special interview.
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April 23, 2018

Neighborhoods.com | A Guide To Chicago Best Neighborhood Museums 

May is National Museum Month, with International Museum Day on May 18, and there’s no doubt that Chicago holds some impressive institutions for historic exploration and scientific discovery. However, there’s more to discover beyond Museum Campus. 
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April 23, 2018

Skokie Review | Emanuel, Holocaust museum leaders raise concerns over growing anti-Semitism

On the ninth anniversary of the opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie and the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, museum leaders were joined by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as they raised concerns over anti-Semitism and other forms of hate.
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April 21, 2018

Chicago Stories with Mayor Rahm Emanuel | Never Forget: Live from the Illinois Holocaust Museum

On this week’s episode of Chicago Stories, Mayor Emanuel had the deep honor to sit down with Holocaust survivor and president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Fritzie Fritzshall to hear her incredible journey of survival and life dedicated to education and advocacy.
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April 19, 2018

WGN | Illinois Holocaust Museum Commemorates 2 Anniversaries

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined holocaust survivor Fritzie Fritzshall and other museum leaders to commemorate the two anniversaries.
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April 16, 2018

NBC5 | Chicago-Area Holocaust Survivor Dies, But His Story Lives On Through Museum’s Hologram Technology

On the same day he was laid to rest, Aaron Eelster is still teaching. Charlie Wojciechowski reports.
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April 16, 2018

ABC7 | Lincolnshire Holocaust survivor lives on after death in hologram exhibit

Aaron Elster made it his life’s mission to share his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. Now, after his death, his stories will live on in an exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.
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April 16, 2018

Leisure Group Travel 12 Magnificent Museums

Learn about World War II horrors and global humanitarian crises at the world’s third-largest Holocaust museum. 
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April 13, 2018

Chicago Tribune | Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster, who shared his story ‘to convince people to stop hating each other,’ dies at 86

For nearly two years, Aaron Elster hid from Nazis in an attic, his identity as a Jewish boy in Poland a death sentence if he were to be discovered.
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April 13, 2018

Chicago Sun Times | Aaron Elster, who kept Holocaust memories alive via 3-D hologram, dead at 86

Aaron Elster, one of a handful of Holocaust survivors whose memories will live on after them thanks to 3-D holograms, died Wednesday, which, at sunset, marked the start of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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April 13, 2018

AM560 Chicago’s Morning Answer Holocaust survivor Steen Metz joins Dan Proft & Amy Jacobson to share his story

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April 12, 2018

New York Times | Holocaust Is Fading From Memory, Survey Finds

For seven decades, “never forget” has been a rallying cry of the Holocaust remembrance movement.
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April 7, 2018

Daily Herald | Streamwood High students create temporary genocide museum

When 16-year-old Anya Landrowski visited the Holocaust museum in Skokie last fall, it sparked a sense of empowerment she hadn’t felt before.
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April 4, 2018

The New York Jewish Week | Museums Responding To ‘Alarming’ Escalation Of Anti-Semitic Incidents

From here to Texas to California, Holocaust centers ‘speaking up’ amid uptick in hate.
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March 28, 2018

i24News | Holocaust holograms keep stories alive

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March 21, 2018

SPLASH | Illinois Holocaust Museum Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Bill Kurtis led a conversation with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in front of more than 2,000 guests at this fundraising fête, where Mitchell Feiger and Pamela Netzky were honored with the event’s namesake award and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation received the Distinguished Community Leadership Award. 
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March 20, 2018

Enjoy Illinois | Keeping History Alive: A Tour Through the Illinois Holocaust Museum

The technology itself is a wonder to behold, but at a time when so many survivor voices are being lost, it seems critical that scientists have found a way to retain the visual experience of interacting directly with them.  
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March 2, 2018

Chicago Woman | March/April Events Line-Up

The Museum presents the Midwest debut of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, a major touring exhibition based on the book with the same name by Kerry Kennedy.
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March 1, 2018

JUF News | Fifth annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival features theme of social justice

The fifth annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival presents the finest feature and documentary films with Jewish themes.
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February 28, 2018

The Patch | OQMS Student Leaders Visit Holocaust Museum

Students from OQMS received leadership training at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie last month.
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February 28, 2018

Daily North Shore | Holocaust Museum Honors Humanitarians

The Illinois Holocaust Museum will host its 2018 Humanitarian Awards Dinner to highlight the positive influence of community leaders while reinforcing the statement “Never Again” next Wednesday, March 7.
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February 27, 2018

WGN TV | Holocaust Museum leader and Chicago civic leaders call on US, allies to help end violence in Syria

A diverse group of cultural, faith and civic leaders in Chicago are calling on the United States and its allies to do more to end the bloodshed in Syria, as the death toll is estimated at 470,000 people.
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February, 2018

Metromix | Where the Children Sleep Exhibition

The upcoming photographic exhibit Where the Children Sleep, opening March 15, serves as a wake-up call; not only documenting a contemporary human rights crisis but also inviting visitors to take a stand for children and refugee rights.
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February 26, 2018

The DePaulia | The Nazi Next Door

The Museum is horrified that known Nazi denier and anti-Semite Arthur Jones is set to be the GOP nominee for Illinois 3rd congressional district, but confident he will not win the seat.
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February 26, 2018

Beachwood Reporter | At the Illinois Holocaust Museum – Where the Children Sleep

The provocative multimedia exhibit Where the Children Sleep opens at Illinois Holocaust Museum March 15. This exhibition by award-winning photojournalist Magnus Wenman features powerful photos and film of Syrian refugee children in Europe and the Middle East.
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February 23, 2018

Daily North Shore | Jewish Film Fest A Lens on Humanity

The fifth annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival will present over 31 feature and documentary films with Jewish themes, with four films screening at Illinois Holocaust Museum on March 11.
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February 15, 2018

Make It Better | Northwestern Professor Wendy Pearlman Talks New Book About Syrian Refugees

Northwestern professor Wendy Pearlman recently published her book, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled, a collection of firsthand testimonials from Syrian refugees. This release comes mere weeks before the moving photographic exhibition of Syrian refugee children, Where the Children Sleep, opens at the Museum.
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February 14, 2018

Windy City Times | Holocaust museum official on making a difference

For Matthew Sackel, who manages the education team at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, the most important aspect of his job is that young visitors come away with the message that one person can make a difference in the world.
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February 12, 2018

The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle | Illinois museum offers Holocaust holograms

The Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Illinois is offering holographic conversations with Holocaust Survivors.
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February 12, 2018

Ever Widening Circles | Could Holograms Change our History Records?

We aren’t talking immortality, but instead, technology. There are projects in the works to help preserve our history by having it spoken to future generations, from the mouths of those who actually experienced the events in question. So how does it work?
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February 8, 2018

Chicago Tribune | Letter: Why ‘Never Again’ is never over

We at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission are dismayed the Illinois Republican Party has allowed a known Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, Arthur Jones, to run unopposed in the 3rd Congressional District.
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February, 2018

Chicago Magazine | Experience Chicago 2018

With the Museum’s mission to use the history and lessons of the Holocaust to transform the future, seven exhibits throughout the year, including Speak Truth to Power and the Take a Stand Center, will empower visitors to take a stand for humanity.
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February 8, 2018

Chicago Jewish News | Speaking Truth to Power…

Kerry Kennedy, human rights activist, author and president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, spoke to a crowd of 300 and gave a tour of Speak Truth to Power at Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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February 7, 2018

Deerfield Review | North Shore girls learn about Holocaust victims as they prepare for bat mitzvahs

When 23 North Shore area girls celebrate their bat mitzvahs this year and next, they’ll each be honoring the memory of a young girl who was a victim of the Holocaust and never had the same opportunity. They are participating in a pairing program through Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, where they learn about a specific girl murdered in the Holocaust.
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February 5, 2018

Windy City Times | ‘Speak Truth to Power’ Midwest debut features Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, spoke at the opening of her exhibition, Speak Truth to Power, at Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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February 4, 2018

WGN TV | Defenders of human rights honored at Illinois Holocaust Museum.

A new exhibit at Illinois Holocaust Museum celebrates people from across the globe who stood up for human rights.
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February 2, 2018

WGN Radio | Author and advocate Kerry Kennedy wants to celebrate the faces of human rights

Kerry Kennedy joins Justin to discuss the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s Midwest debut of Speak Truth to Power, a major photographic exhibition based on her book, Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World.
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January 30, 2018

Make It Better | 5 Things to Do: February 2-4

This weekend, be inspired by nearly 50 courageous Upstanders at the opening event for Speak Truth to Power, a new exhibition at Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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January 30, 2018

Windy City Times | “Speak Truth to Power” exhibition Feb. 4- June 24

Illinois Holocaust Museum will present the Midwest debut of Speak Truth to Power on Sunday, February 4.
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January 29, 2018

Daily North Shore | Holocaust Museum Focuses on Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Stories of hope are shared in Illinois Holocaust Museum’s new exhibit, 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which will be on display until September 23, 2018.
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January 27, 2018

CBS Chicago | Museum Honors Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Illinois Holocaust Museum opened a powerful photo exhibit, The 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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January 26, 2018

Daily Herald | Holocaust refugee to speak on International Day of Remembrance

Ralph Rehbock, whose family fled to the United States in 1938 as the Holocaust began to unfold, will tell his story at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center on Saturday, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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January 25, 2018

Chicago Tribune | From Morrison to Monk, a weekend of tantalizing music

Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich notes that Maestro Sidlin led one of the most searing performances of the year for “Defiant Requirem.” He returns to the Chicago area with “The New Music Studio at Terezin,” in which he will present and discuss the range of music created at Terezin under terrifying conditions.
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January 24, 2018

WTTW Chicago Tonight | 10 Things to Do This Weekend: Jan. 25-28

Reflect on the Holocaust for International Holocaust Remembrance Day this Saturday by visiting the newly opened exhibition, The 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
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January 23, 2018

ABC7 Eyewitness News | Survivor reflects ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Almost 80 years after fleeing Frankfurt, Germany, Holocaust Survivor Frank Stern continues to share his story across generations at the Museum. 
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January 22, 2018

At this Holocaust Museum, you can speak with holograms of survivors

The testimony in the Take a Stand Center was remarkable, moving. But it wasn’t the real Elster they were seeing- instead, the audience was interacting with a holographic image of the Holocaust Survivor that was created two years before.
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January 18, 2018

Montgomery Advertiser | Turning away of refugees shows US hasn’t learned from its mistakes: Letters to the editor

Daniel Haulman toured the Museum before speaking on the Tuskegee Airmen, and reflected on the importance of welcoming refugees and learning from the past.
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January 15, 2018

Windy City Times | Holocaust Museum to debut Speak Truth to Power touring exhibition

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center presents the Midwest debut of Speak Truth to Power, a major touring exhibition that will highlight the experiences of over 40 courageous Upstanders and urge visitors to take action against human rights violations.
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January 14, 2018

Daily North Shore | Kerry Kennedy Coming to Holocaust Museum

Human rights advocate and president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Kerry Kennedy, will speak at the opening event of Speak Truth to Power on February 4.
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January 9, 2018

Chicago’s North Shore | 16 Things to Do on a Cold or Snowy Day

There are plenty of ways to enjoy winter without braving the outdoors, such as visiting the new Take a Stand Center or attending one of the Museum’s special events.
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January 5, 2018

JUF News | Illinois Holocaust Museum and its Young Professional Committee inspire future generations to ‘Take a Stand’

The YPC will host an exclusive live performance by singer/songwriter and actor Tyler Hilton on January 25 to benefit the Museum and support its work to use lessons of the past to encourage individuals to be Upstanders in their communities.
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January 3, 2018

Make It Better | 5 Things to Do: Jan. 5-7

Make the most of winter break by visiting Illinois Holocaust Museum, where kids and students have free admission through January 7.
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