News From 2009-2010

November 15, 2010

Lincolnwood Review | Museum president reflects on anniversary 

Every Nov. 9, the anniversary of the Nazis’ unleashed attack on Jewish businesses, synagogues and homes in pre-World War II Germany, Fritzie Fritzshall remembers. She remembers her three lives.

“That’s how I look at it,” says the president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center on the 72nd anniversary of Kristallnacht. “There was before, during and after.”
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November 8, 2010

Winnetka Talk | Program recalls horrors of 1938’s Kristallnacht

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will commemorate Kristallnacht Tuesday night for the second time since the facility opened in April 2009.

Kristallnacht or “Night of Broken Glass” marked a series of attacks against Jewish people throughout Germany and parts of Austria over two days on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938.
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October 31, 2010

Daily Herald | ‘We knew one line was going to the gas chamber’
Auschwitz survivor heads exhibit that highlights holocaust horrors

Josef Mengele died in 1979 but he lives on in Fritzie Fritzshall’s nightmares: He’s the unsmiling Angel of Death, peering at lines of naked Auschwitz prisoners and callously choosing who would live and who die.

“We had to walk undressed sometimes every single day, sometimes every two days, sometimes twice a day,” said Fritzshall, a Buffalo Grove resident and board president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie. She arrived at Auschwitz in 1944.
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October 25, 2010

Skokie Patch | Students Urged to Fight Bullying Scourge
Skokie seminar has Holocaust survivors sharing their life-and-death tales during the Nazi tyranny

From Independence, IA, to Joliet, IL, 110 high school students recently convened in Skokie to learn about standing up against bullying, leadership and diversity. The event takes on greater significance following highly publicized reports of bullying across the nation, said Rachel Hellenga, director of program services at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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August 11, 2010

Illinois Marks $15 Million US Contribution to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation in Poland at Museum
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center welcomed the Polish Consul General, Zygmunt Matynia, and three members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, Reps. Luis V. Gutierrez, Jan Schakowsky and Mike Quigley at an event to mark a $15 million grant to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. The grant, announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July, resulted in part from a Congressional effort, led by Rep. Gutierrez, to urge the President and the Secretary to fund the preservation of the museum marking the epicenter of the Holocaust.
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July 15, 2010

Governor signs legislation creating statewide Genocide Commission at Illinois Holocaust Museum

100 State Legislators, Holocaust and Genocide Survivors, Museum and Community Leaders Join Governor Quinn at Bill Signing Ceremony
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News Coverage:
Skokie Review
| New genocide commission becomes law
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TribLocal | Quinn’s bill sets Holocaust commission
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June 24, 2010

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race to Open at IHMEC in July

Museum Hosts Film Series and Special Guest Speakers – Including Stars of TLC’s “Little People, Big World” – to Coordinate with Travelling Exhibition About Nazi Eugenics
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June 14, 2010

His Excellency Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, visited the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.  Ambassador Fujisaki was joined by his wife, Mrs. Yoriko Fujisaki.  The Consul General of Japan in Chicago, Mr. George Hisaeda, and his wife, Mrs. Midori Hisaeda, also accompanied the Ambassador.
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May 4, 2010 | Mayor Daley hosts City of Chicago Annual Holocaust Commemoration at IHMEC >

The City of Chicago’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day public ceremony was held Thursday, May 6, 2010 with Nazi concentration camp survivor, John Macsai, as the keynote speaker this year.
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News Coverage: Trib Local | Illinois Holocaust Museum hosts Day of Remembrance >

April 20, 2010 | Museum Celebrates One Year Anniversary >

Series of events celebrates Museum’s first year| CBS 2 News | ABC | Journal Gazette
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April 15, 2010 | Fritzie Fritzshall, IHMEC President, addresses the Governor’s Yom Hashoah Commemoration in Springfield

The State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL | Auschwitz Survivor Speaks to State Holocaust Observance
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April 9, 2010

Chicago Tribune | The Museum encourages Naperville teen in effort to name the victims of the Holocaust. 
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April 7, 2010 >

Museum Surpasses 100,000 Visitors: Students from Chicago International Charter School – Basil Campus accounted for the 100,000th visitor to the museum on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. The students each received a “100 Grand” candy bar and a museum t-shirt.  The school library was given a copy of Memory and Legacy.
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March 24, 2010 | Exhibit, The Wartime Escape, Opens >

Chicago Sun Times | The brave escape of Curious George: Exhibit shows how author, illustrator dodged Holocaust
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CBS2 Chicago | Holocaust Museum Honors Curious George Creators 
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Shalom Life | Holocaust Museum Features Curious George 
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March 11, 2010

Pioneer Press | Awards dinner honors museum’s first year
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The News Tribune, Seattle-Tacoma | Teacher, attendee of Museum seminar, featured in local newspaper
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March 10, 2010 >

State’s Attorney Alvarez Announces Hate Crimes Initiatives at Museum: Announcementrenewed efforts in the fight against hate crimes in Cook County.
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March 9, 2010 >

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Honors Three Leaders with Humanitarian Awards; Tom Brokaw Keynotes Gala
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March 1, 2010 >

Midwest Construction | Bully & Andrews brings Muchin College Prep Students and Illinois Holocaust Museum Together
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January 7, 2010 >

Pioneer Press | Winnetka Teen gets Ho Feng Shan honored on the Museum Fountain of the Righteous
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January 2010 >

Chicago Magazine | Action Heroes: Chicagoans of the Year 2009: Sam Harris
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December 13, 2009 >

Southtown Star | Local Police Recruits Learn Lessons from the Holocaust

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