News From 2011

December 21, 2011

Wilmette Life | Graphic novel art reawakens survivor stories

Their stories are told in a variety of ways — through old photographs and film, eyewitness testimony and meticulously installed summary panels, an upper floor art gallery and a lower floor space for traveling exhibitions.
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December 5, 2011

Elm Leaves | River Grove Students visit Holocaust Museum

A group of River Grove School students visited Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie last month and learned about bullying and the Holocaust.
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November 23, 2011

East Peoria Times Courier | EPCHS Students Travel for Holocaust Lesson

Eight East Peoria Community High School juniors recently stepped outside their classroom for an important lesson in history.
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November 17, 2011

JUF News | The Valiant and the Indifferent—Honoring Rescuers, Commemorating Kristallnacht

At a special community gathering, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center contrasted the acts of righteous “upstanders” with the indifference demonstrated during “Kristallnacht,” often referred to as the “Night of Shattered Glass.”
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November 7, 2011

Chicago Sun Times | Illinois Holocaust Museum,  Jewish escapees honor rescuers

Chaya Roth and Gitta Fajerstein-Walchirk have a close bond with a 90-year-old Catholic priest living in a nursing home in Cuneo, Italy.
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November 7, 2011

Skokie Review | Heroes help mark Kristallnacht anniversary

Chaya Roth and Gitta Fajerstein-Walchirk have a close bond with a 90-year-old Catholic priest living in a nursing home in Cuneo, Italy.
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November 6, 2011

ABC News | Several honored for helping rescue Jews in WWII

Three days before the anniversary of Kristallnacht the Illinois Holocaust Museum in suburban Skokie honored people from Italy, Poland and Lithuania who helped rescue Jews during World War II.
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OCTOBER 27, 2011

National Parks Magazine | The Art of Gaman

“The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts of the Japanese American Internment Camps: 1942-1946” was recently exhibited at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery and is currently traveling the country.
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OCTOBER 24, 2011

Skokie Review | Museum Fights Against Bullying

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s inaugural all-day Anti-Bullying Forum last week, packed with useful information for educators from throughout the region, seemed to gravitate toward a few repeated points.
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OCTOBER 24, 2011

Skokie Review | Chicago Schools CEO Weighs in on Bullying

“How many of you were subject to bullying while you were in school?” Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard raised his hand even if he was the one who posed the question.
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October 19, 2011

Chicago Tonight | Bullying

There is a national push to eradicate bullying. Are schools doing enough to combat the problem? We hear from Dorothy Espelage, one of the nation’s top experts on bullying, on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm.
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OCTOBER 18, 2011

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Enhanced youth exhibit inspires kids to stand up

More than two years later, the simplest of words continue to be as meaningful as ever. “Make a difference.”
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OCTOBER 6, 2011

Trib Local | Families Invited to Day of Kid-friendly Events at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center invites families to celebrate the re-launch of the newly enhanced and expanded Make a Difference! The Miller Family Youth Exhibition with an afternoon of family fun.
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September 29, 2011

Lincolnwood Review | Other Programs Complement Japanese-American Artworks

The Japanese-American population in Chicago stood at about 400 before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. By the time World War II ended and Japanese-American internment camps were dismantled, that population spiked to about 20,000.
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September 23, 2011

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum Shines Light on Prisoner Art

Families were torn apart, businesses and homes were lost, lives were interrupted overnight.
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September 22, 2011

Chicago Tonight | The Art of Gaman

When Japanese-Americans were rounded up and shipped to internment camps in the U.S. during World War II, some of them created art and handiwork to help them cope. Paintings, carvings and sculptures are part of The Art of Gaman exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, which opens on Sunday.
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September 22, 2011

Crain’s Chicago Business | 10 Things to Do this Weekend

REMEMBER. “THE ART OF GAMAN: ARTS AND CRAFTS FROM THE JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT CAMPS, 1942- 1946,” an exhibit that was on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, opens at the Illinois Holocaust Museum this weekend.
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September 13, 2011

Lake Forester | New Exhibit displays Japanese Prisoner Art

A showcase of arts and crafts made by Japanese American prisoners while interned in the United States from 1942 to 1946 will be featured in a new exhibition this month at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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September 2, 2011

JUF News | Sunday at the Museum

Adventures of a Jewish 20-something, by Stefanie Pervos Bregman
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August 29, 2011

Lincolnwood Review | ‘Eleven’ Concert at Museum Honors Memory of Sept. 11th Victims

Chicago cabaret artist Joan Curto was excitedly waiting to board a plane at O’Hare Airport for her New York City debut when the flight was abruptly cancelled. It was Sept. 11, 2001.
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August 24, 2011

TimeOut Chicago | Spots of Light featured in “This Week in Chicago”

A contemporary concept enlivens enthralling stories of women in the Holocaust.
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July 29, 2011

Chicago Jewish News | To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

The touching and revelatory exhibit — the first international exhibition to focus exclusively on women and their experiences during the Holocaust — tells many stories through large-scale projections grouped according to subject matter.
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July 25, 2011

Skokie Review | Cancer Survivor uses Handbag Art to Heal

As a survivor herself, and as the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors, Yali Derman makes art to heal.
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July 25, 2011

Skokie Review | Being a Survivor Examined through the Arts

The three women never met each other nor would that even be possible. One is fictional, the subject of a well-received play by the award-winning Lookingglass Theatre; the second appears in a moving and painful documentary about a son’s search for his mother’s past; and the third emerges as an eloquent Holocaust survivor coming from a history most of us could never imagine.
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July 1, 2011

Skokie Patch | Holocaust Exhibit Spotlights Women’s Plight

The imagery of the Holocaust often focuses on the concentration camps, with pictures of groups of emaciated figures with shaved heads and in striped prison uniforms. The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie has taken a different approach in its newest temporary exhibition. “Spots of Light: To Be a Woman in the Holocaust” takes its subjects out of the crowd and drives home the tragedy by displaying beautiful images of some victims.
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July 1, 2011

Lincolnwood Review | Heroic women from Holocaust highlighted in museum exhibit

Many women who lived during the Holocaust were extraordinary in their own way, their stories a testament to courage and determination in unimaginably horrific times. The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s newest traveling exhibition documenting their lives then isn’t about a chronological journey the way some of its previous shows have been.
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June 26, 2011

Daily Herald | Skokie Museum Offers First Look at Women of Holocaust

“Spots of Light: To be a Woman in the Holocaust” opened this week at the Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.
The exhibit is part of a traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
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 June 24, 2011

Crain’s Chicago Business | 10 Things to Do this Weekend

REMEMBER. The video-art based exhibition, “SPOTS OF LIGHT: TO BE A WOMAN IN THE HOLOCAUST,” opens this week at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
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June 20, 2011

Lake Michigan Shore | Truth, Tears and Tolerance: Illinois Holocaust Museum pays tribute to victims, honors survivors

It all began in the aftermath of the proposed neo-Nazi march on Skokie in the late 1970s. Holocaust survivors living in the area realized they must ensure that the legacy of their horrific experiences is passed on to future generations. It took a while. In 1981, the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois was established and in 1984, a small museum and resource center opened, making it available to the public, especially schoolchildren, who heard first-hand the personal experiences of Holocaust survivors.
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June 12, 2011

Daily Herald | Women in the Holocaust Exhibit Opens

A new exhibit focusing the experiences of women in the Holocaust is opening at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.

“Spots of Light: To be a Woman in the Holocaust” is the first international exhibit to focus exclusively on women.
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May24, 2011

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Civil rights giant stays determined to get in the way

The former “Freedom Rider” and the last living civil rights leader who spoke at the historic March on Washington rally more than 47 years ago still believes in “getting in the way” to fight injustice in the world.

That’s how U.S. Congressman John Lewis says he has always lived his life, offering that politics is a continuation of the principles that guided him as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
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May11, 2011

Lincolnwood Review | Chicago marks Holocaust Remembrance Day in Skokie

Ever since the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center was built two years ago, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has commemorated the city’s Holocaust Remembrance Day there.

“Each year, this day serves as a reminder of a tragic time in history that this generation should not be allowed to forget,” city organizers said.

Holocaust survivor Beatrice Muchman served as a keynote speaker last week at the ceremony held Thursday in Skokie.
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May 10, 2011

Skokie Review  | Croatian president quietly visits Holocaust Museum

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was there before the museum even opened.

Former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel spoke and toured the facility on opening day. Rwanda humanitarian Paul Rusesabagina took a tour on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

But for all the dignitaries and distinguished guests of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center over the last two years, no one has been a sitting head of state.
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April 30 / May 7

WCIU-The U | Holocaust and Veteran’s Museums

In this episode we explore two unique historical institutions that possess thought-provoking exhibits and are located beyond the downtown Museum Campus: The Illinois Holocaust Museum and National Veterans Art Museum.
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May 5, 2011

YouTube | Remain Constantly Vigiliant Against Hate Crimes, Mayor Daley Says at 22nd Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Hate crimes and crimes against humanity continue to occur all around the world every day and we must be constantly vigilant to make sure that prejudice and intolerance never obtain a foothold in Chicago, Mayor Richard M. Daley said at ceremonies marking the City’s 22nd Holocaust Remembrance Day.
In 1990, Daley started Holocaust Remembrance Day in Chicago in memory of the victims and in honor of the survivors of one of darkest moments in the history of humanity.
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MAY 2, 2011

Vocalo 89.5, sister station of Chicago Public Radio | Hear Fritzie Fritzshall’s inspirational story of survival

May 2nd is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day. Fritizie Fritzshall, Holocaust survivor and President of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, joined Brian Babylon and Molly Adams of the Morning AMp for an eye-opening conversation. Fritzie shared her story of survival and spoke about the education efforts of the museum.
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April 23, 2011

The New York Times | Memories of Holocaust, Fortified

SKOKIE, Ill. — Before the $45 million Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center opened here two years ago, there was some urgency in completing its 65,000-square-foot building, which now stands so incongruously monumental in the midst of Chicago’s suburban landscape.
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April 13, 2011

ABC 7 News | Condoleezza Rice for the Illinois Holocaust Museum

Condoleezza Rice spoke eloquently at our 2011 Humanitarian Awards Dinner about the importance of not treating groups of individuals as “other than us.”
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April 13, 2011

Crain’s Chicago Business | Holocaust Museum announces $1M scholarship fund in name of Daleys

The Illinois Holocaust Museum hosted a fundraising event earlier this week where honoree Michael Sacks and museum campaign chairman J.B. Pritzker announced a nearly $1-million scholarship fund that will benefit Chicago Public School students.

Museum executives say the Mayor Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Education Fund is a fitting tribute to the outgoing mayor, who became emotional Tuesday night when he talked about the importance of telling Holocaust survivors’ stories.
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April 12, 2011

Illinois Government News Network Governor Quinn Appoints Members to Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission

Governor Pat Quinn today appointed nine individuals to serve on the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission. Commission members will work to promote education and awareness of the Holocaust and genocide around the world.

“We must never forget the atrocities and horrors of the Holocaust,” said Governor Quinn. “This commission will increase awareness of the Holocaust and other past genocides to make sure that ‘never again’ is not a meaningless slogan.”
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March 28, 2011

Chicago Tribune | Hurt by prejudice, healed by unity

Perhaps it is because Gwendolyn DuBose Rogers and her beloved college professor, though raised continents apart, had childhoods scarred by bitter, dehumanizing prejudice.

Or maybe it’s that the teaching didn’t end after graduation half a century ago but continued right up until Lore May Rasmussen died in 2009 at 88.
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March 23, 2011

Chicago Sun-Times | Exhibit details WWII era Jewish scholars’ impact on black colleges

They were two groups an ocean apart with seemingly little in common — black Southerners living under Jim Crow, seeking a college education, and free-thinking German and Austrian academics under duress in the 1930s.

They formed a lifelong commitment to each other after the professors, Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, gained employment at historically black colleges and universities in the South.
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March 22, 2011

WBEZ 91.5 | Exhibition presents history of Jewish scholars  teaching at historically black colleges

Shortly after Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, laws were passed barring Jews from working in the public sector. That meant many of the most important minds were tossed out of their jobs at major universities. In response, The Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars formed in New York. Within a few years, the Committee brought about 300 professors to the U.S. Nine were hired by The University of Chicago.
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March 22, 2011

Make it Better | Illinois Holocaust Museum Anti-Bullying Workshop

On March 9th, more than 60 5th and 6th grade students from Chicago and its surrounding suburbs participated in an Anti-Bullying workshop entitled STAND UP! Youth Leadership Day at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.

The workshop included museum tours, group activities, and a presentation by a survivor of the war in Bosnia, Nadja Halibegovich, who led her country towards peace by broadcasting music and poetry over the radio.
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March 21, 2011

Trib Local | Illinois Holocaust Museum Announces 2011 Docent Training Program

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applicants for their 2011 Docent Training Program. This select corps of Docents will be responsible for leading student and adult tours through the Karkomi Permanent Exhibition; Make A Difference: Miller Family Youth Exhibition; Legacy of Absence Art Gallery; and changing special exhibitions.
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March 21, 2011

Trib Local | Exelon Funds $250,000  Anti-Bullying Initiative

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center has received a $250,000 grant from Exelon Corporation to establish the Museum’s Anti-Bullying Initiative. The new educational program kicked off with a full-day workshop entitled STAND UP! Youth Leadership Day on Wednesday, March 9. A program of the Miller Family Youth Exhibition, over 60 fifth and sixth grade students participated, traveling to the museum from Chicago and surrounding suburbs, Rockford, and Northwest Indiana.
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 March 14, 2011

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Ambitious programming fulfills IHMEC mission

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center turns two years old next month, having opened during the same month designated as Genocide Awareness Month and on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

After two years, the museum and education facility continues to fulfill its mission, not only as a sacred place where memories and history are preserved but as a learning ground to try to educate and prevent future genocide.
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March 10, 2011

Jewish Exponent | Debating Museums’ Future in Shaky Times

The state and stature of American Jewish museums was “Exhibit A” last week at the annual conference of the institutions’ directors and programmers, held at the spanking new National Museum of American Jewish History.

Gathered at the museum on Independence Mall — with tours and side trips to such nearby sites as the Constitution Center and Temple Judea Museum at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park — more than 200 delegates of the Council of American Jewish Museums delved into such topics as curating and collecting, as well as the “strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats” facing the institutions.
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March 9, 2011

Chicago Tribune |  Helping Museum Workers Collect Know-How

For many of the students in Arielle Weininger’s class in museum collection practices, the issues are more than academic.

Part of a certificate program in artifact collection care that began last fall at the University of Chicago’s Graham School of General Studies, the class has attracted volunteers, interns and employees from museums and archives across the Chicago area.
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March 7, 2011

Chicago Tribune |  On the town: Upcoming events

A compelling story is explored in the exhibition “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges” at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. The story is about Jewish scholars who fled Nazi Germany for the United States, and became professors at historically black colleges in the South.
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February 25, 2011

Chicago Tribune | Exhibit Explores Jewish and African-American connections at HBCUs

A compelling story is explored in the exhibition “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges” at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. The story is about Jewish scholars who fled Nazi Germany for the United States, and became professors at historically black colleges in the South.

The exhibition looks at how shared racial persecution shaped relationships between the Jewish instructors and African-American students.
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February 24, 2011

Time Out Chicago | “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow” at Illinois Holocaust Museum

A sign—jews not welcome—hangs over a German college’s gate; a U.S. association for Realtors document discourages home sales to certain races; a New York union broadside espouses anti-immigrant policy. Using these and other artifacts, Illinois Holocaust Museum paints a picture of a perverted era: Jewish professors—kicked out of German colleges—emigrated to the U.S. during WWII and gladly found jobs at black universities in the Jim Crow South.
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February 7, 2011

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum : Exhibit tells little known-story of Jewish and Black history

Scholar Ernst Borinski and many just like him led two very different and distinguished lives by the time their careers ended. Before 1939, German-born Borinski studied law, the humanities and arts at multiple universities. He clerked in the Prussian High Court, served as a judicial officer and worked for a private company on labor law issues.

But Borinski was Jewish, and when the Nazis marched into Austria in 1938, he left his homeland and found himself in America trying to create a new life.
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January 31, 2001

Daily Herald | Holocaust museum examines Jewish persecution and Jim Crow
A new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow,” explores the unlikely coming together of these two groups, each the object of exclusion and hatred, and examines the ongoing encounter between them as they navigated the challenges of life in the segregated South.

Through historical objects, photographs, texts and artworks such as “The Gleaners” by John Biggers, visitors learn the stories of two disenfranchised groups brought together in search of opportunity and freedom.
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Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Exhibit describes refugee Jewish scholars at black colleges

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s newest traveling exhibition tells the under-reported story of German-Jewish refugee scholars expelled from their homeland by the Nazis who found new lives at historically black colleges in the American South.

“Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges,” scheduled to open Friday, is further indication of how this invaluable facility in Skokie places a high priority on the “education” part of its mission.
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January 28, 2011

Trib Local | Illinois Holocaust Museum Commemorates 66th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center hosted renowned scholar Robert Jan van Pelt on January 27 for a full-day, interactive workshop. During the program,”Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State,” van Pelt led close to one hundred midwest educators through a detailed exploration of the decision-making process of the Nazis, the various stages of the development of Auschwitz, and the moral “gray zone” that existed inside this infamous camp.
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January 27, 2011

Trib Local | A Call to Action on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

“Inherent in authentic remembrance is vigilance and action. More often than not, remembrance has been bereft of such crucial components. Memory can be a graveyard, but it can also be the true kingdom of man.” 

These words, so eloquently spoken by Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, address the pledge that our generation and future generations must undertake to uphold the torch of remembrance and accept the legacy bestowed upon us.

Today marks the sixty-sixth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, with commemorations across the globe in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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