News From 2013

December 7, 2013

Dirty Laundry Podcast | Holocaust survivor Magda Brown

"Remember the past but transfer the future," is one of the mantras Holocaust survivor Magda Brown lives by today.
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December 2, 2013

WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift | Kindertransport

Seventy-five years ago today, almost ten thousand Jewish children started turning up in the UK.
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November 19, 2013

The Daily Northwestern | Kristallnacht survivors tells story at Chabad House of Nazi rise to power

Holocaust survivor Ralph Rehbock, the vice president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, speaks frequently about the events that occurred after 1940.
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November 13, 2013

Examiner.com | Keep Calm and Carry On Exhibit at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Keep Calm and Carry On. Yes, we’ve all heard it said, read it on every conceivable product of late, but did you ever wonder where the saying came from?
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November 12, 2013

WBEZ Morning Shift | Holocaust survivor remembers Kristallnacht

Seventy-five years ago, the Nazis’ reign of terror against German Jews reached new heights.
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November 12, 2013

Northbrook Star | Bulgarian heroes honored by Illinois Holocaust Museum

That Bulgaria’s Jewish population in World War II was saved from Hitler’s extermination camps could be considered a miracle, but it shouldn’t be.
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November 9, 2013

ABC 7 Chicago | Kristallnacht 75th anniversary of first Nazi violence

It was a night of remembrance in the northern suburbs on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
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November 8, 2013

CBS 2 | LaGrange Park Library Still Seeking Identity of Person Who Donates Nazi-Era Artifact

Officials at the La Grange Park Public Library want your help in solving a nearly 70-year-old mystery.
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November 8, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times ‘Night of Broken Glass’ worth remembering — and retelling — 75 years later

Ralph Rehbock was a four-year-old Jewish boy visiting Berlin with his parents on the night of Nov. 9, 1938, when Nazis escalated their persecution of Jews in a spasm of violence known since as Kristallnacht.
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November 7, 2013

The Korea Times | HRNK, Holocaust museum to work together against N. Korea prison camps

A U.S. human rights group has teamed up with a Holocaust museum in efforts to call attention to North Korea’s human rights abuses.
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November 7, 2013

Yonhap News | HRNK, Holocaust museum in joint work against N. Korean prison camps
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) said Wednesday it would hold a forum, titled "The Heart of Darkness: North Korea’s Hidden Gulag," at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center later in the day.
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November 6, 2013

Sun Sentinel | Documentary explores Holocaust survivors and refugees’ community

A new documentary is giving a voice to Holocaust survivors and refugees who founded a community.
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November 5, 2013

The Tribune-Star | CANDLES to show new film on unknown Holocaust survival

A remarkable and little known story of survival in the darkest days of the Holocaust will unfold Friday night at the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute.
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October 25, 2013

WBEZ’s Worldview | One man’s fight to stop the genocide in Darfur

When he arrived in Khartoum, Sudan in March 2003, Dr. Mukesh Kapila says he made "a promise to himself that if he were ever in a position to stop the mass-killers, they would never triumph on his watch."
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October 8, 2013

Examiner.com | Illinois Holocaust Museum Special Exhibit: Textiles from World War II Britain

Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this temporary exhibit includes World War II British music of the era, home decorations, films and period clothing, among other items.
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October 7, 2013

Chicago Tribune | Brotman: Child survivors of the Holocaust can’t forget

The children have gray hair now. Reading glasses hang from their necks, and at one point in their appearance at Northwestern University last week, Henry Stark cupped an ear.
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October 7, 2013

From Auschwitz to Skokie | Keep Calm and Carry On

On September 29th the Illinois Holocaust Museum opened its newest temporary exhibit, Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britain, a traveling exhibit from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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October 6, 2013

Northern Star | Holocaust survivor wants story heard

Magda Brown is a Holocaust survivor and wants everyone to know it.
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October 2, 2013

Chicago Tribune | Wear this and carry on

World War II touring exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum ties vintage clothing to much more serious subjects
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October 2, 2013

Skokie Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum explores British homefront during World War II

If the latest traveling exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center feels a bit different than others, that’s by design.
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October 1, 2013

Skokie Review | Importance of Edward R. Murrow addressed at Holocaust Museum

Had there never been a broadcast journalist named Edward R. Murrow or his “This is London” radio broadcasts during World War II, would the United States have come to Britain’s aid when it did?
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September 29, 2013

Chicago Tribune| Press Pass: Broadcast from the Blitz

Editorial board member Greg Burns leads panel discussion on the legacy of Edward R. Murrow at Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
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September 24, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times| ‘Keep Calm…’

British fashion did not disappear during the dark depths of World War II.
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September 24, 2013

JUF News| Illinois Holocaust Museum joins Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live!

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center will open its doors free of charge on Saturday Sept. 28 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live!
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September 4, 2013

Skokie Patch | Holocaust Museum to Host "Keep Calm and Carry On"

A presentation this month at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie will showcase textiles from the WWII era.
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September 4, 2013

Lincolnwood Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum to host Midwest premier of ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is pleased to announce the Midwest premiere of Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britain.
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August 30, 2013

Skokie Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum leader to step down after a decade

Other than the founding Holocaust survivors, no one has been the face of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center since its inception more than Executive Director Rick Hirschhaut.
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August 28, 2013

Chicago Tribune | Holocaust Museum Chief to step down

Rick Hirschhaut, executive director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center since 2004, will leave the position early next year, according to the museum.
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August 19, 2013

Highland Park News | Shanghai Ghetto survivors to tour Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center has done a remarkably comprehensive job in covering not only the Holocaust of World War II but global genocide both historically and in current-day times.
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August 16, 2013

The Jewish Daily Forward | The Extraordinary Heroism of Hannah Senesh

“I think a lot about Gyuri and also about Mother out of fear and a terrible lack of faith: who knows if I will see them again, and when?” she wrote in her diary.
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August 14, 2013

Chicago Tribune | Shanghai Jewish Refugees

Holocaust survivors who spent their childhood in Shanghai gather in the suburbs this week to remember those who helped them.
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August 8, 2013

JUF News | Time for questions

"Are there bones here?" was the first question asked by a student of our docent, Lana Lake.
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August 2, 2013

The Jewish Press | Rescue and Renewal – Visiting the Illinois Holocaust Museum

By its very definition, a museum is a building that keeps and displays art, artifacts, scientific specimens, or other objects of permanent value.
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July 28, 2013

Journalgazette.net | Israel honors family for WWII heroics

Jan Szubiac grew up in Poland hearing the stories from his grandfather and his mother, Danuta Renk-Mikulska.
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July 26, 2013

Skokie Review| Illinois Holocaust Museum: Polish citizen receives highest Yad Vashem honor

Look closely at the photo – at the nearly 30 family members of all ages who have gathered to celebrate a wedding – and it positively brims with life.
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July 24, 2013

Skokie Patch| Polish Holocaust Hero Honored for Saving Jews

Danuta Renk-Mikulska was a girl when her family hid five Jews from the Nazis. ‘There were so many Jews coming for help and we did what we could.’
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July 16, 2013

Evanston Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibit spotlights Croatian ‘Righteous’

The profound idea behind the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s inspirational Fountain of the Righteous located outside its building now extends to the inside – to a never-before-used narrow hallway on the second floor.
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July 9, 2013

Skokie Review | Two unique exhibits open at Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center recently unveiled two unrelated special exhibits.
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July 8, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times | New Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibit displays Nazi-looted items

The stunning collection of Nazi-looted objects now on display at the Illinois Holocaust Museum is not so much about things as it is about people.
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May 28, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times | Exhibit transcends myths about a Holocaust heroine

Senesh, 23 when she died by firing squad in 1944, has been called the "Israeli Joan of Arc," but the girl and young woman now on display at the museum is most decidedly made of flesh and blood.
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May 27, 2013

Chicago Tribune | Blue Star Museums

Active duty military personnel and their families receive free admission to various museums in the Chicagoland area.
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May 21, 2013

Skokie Review | Key dates in Hannah Senesh’s short life

“Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh,” an exhibition now on display at the Illinois Holocaust Museum through Sept. 8, recreates the iconic Budapest-born Senesh’s short life mostly through her own words.
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May 21, 2013

Chicago Reader | "This is not a Holocaust story, this is a war story": The life of Hannah Senesh

"In the end," says curator Louis Levine of his latest exhibit, dedicated to the life of the poet Hannah Senesh, "this is not a Holocaust story. This is a war story."
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May 21, 2013

Skokie Review | In her own words: Holocaust Museum’s Hannah Senesh exhibition transcends myth

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s new traveling exhibition isn’t interested in showing Hannah Senesh as an iconic and heroic martyr.
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May 7, 2013

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum honors human trafficking activist

One person who stands up for what is right and tries to stop what is wrong in the world can make a difference, a simple reality behind the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s “Power of One” award.
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May 7, 2013

Pioneer Local | Norridge student’s poem wins award from Illinois Holocaust Museum

The impact of the Holocaust still resonates with a Ridgewood High School student.
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May 6, 2013

Pioneer Local | Suburban teens win Holocaust art contest

Four teens from the northwest suburbs learned this winter how to better think about the world far beyond the Chicago area
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May 2, 2013

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum hosting conference on genocides

Less than a month after the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center ran its first program on the Armenian Genocide, a two-day symposium covering even more ground is slated for the same venue.
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May 1, 2013

The Armenian Weekly | Balakian Speaks at Illinois Holocaust Museum

Author Peter Balakian spoke to an audience of more than 250 people on Sat., April 20, at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, a suburb of Chicago, and a town that is still remembered for the controversial march of neo-Nazi groups there in 1979.
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April 29, 2013

Asbarez Armenian News | Balakian Launches Illinois Holocaust Museum 2015 Project

Peter Balakian spoke Sunday, April 20 to an audience of more than 250 people at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, a suburb of Chicago, and a town that is still remembered for the controversial march of neo-Nazi groups there in 1979.
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April 25, 2013

Skokie Review | Museum focuses on Hannah Senesh in new exhibition

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will introduce visitors to Hannah Senesh, one of Israel’s most iconic heroes even though she was killed at only age 23.
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April 25, 2013

Northwest Indiana Times | Holocaust History Comes to Life for Whiting Middle School Students

Whiting Middle School students traveled to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center two days before their Spring Break to view the museum’s artifacts and learn the many lessons of the Holocaust.
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April 24, 2013

Broadway World | Chicago Museum Presents Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh, 5/14

Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh sheds light on Hannah Senesh, the inspiring 23-year-old young woman who died by firing squad in 1944, but has endured as one of Israel’s most iconic heroes.
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April 24, 2013

Public Radio of Armenia | Holocaust Museum shines light on Armenian Genocide

The Illinois Holocaust Museum will sponsor a major exhibition on the Armenian Genocide in 2015 to mark its 100th anniversary, museum next month will host a two-day conference, “The Ottoman Turkish Genocides of Anatolian Christians,” Executive Director of the Museum Rick Hirschhaut said, Skokie Review reports.
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April 23, 2013

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum shines light on Armenian Genocide

Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Lawyer of Jewish descent, first coined the term “genocide” in 1944 to describe the systematic extermination of Armenians and Assyrians during and after World War I.
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April 22, 2013

Skokie Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum meets gold standard for being green

No one can visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center without realizing how unique and special it is as a piece of architecture.
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April 18, 2013

The Daily Sizzle | "Israeli Joan of Arc" featured in new museum exhibit

The Illinois Holocaust Museum recently announced its upcoming exhibit, "Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh" on the life of the heroic poet from Budapest known as the "Israeli Joan of Arc."
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April 18, 2013

Chicago Tribune | The real stories behind ‘No Place on Earth’

For 511 days, they hid underground in Ukrainian caves while fellow Jews were being executed by machine gun up above.
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April 18, 2013

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: New documentary unearths Nazi survival story

Returning to the Ukrainian cave 67 years later – the raw space that protected him from deadly persecution by Nazis in World War II – the survivor makes a simple request.
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April 18, 2013

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum plays key role in survivor documentary

When filmmakers were looking to produce a documentary about 38 Holocaust survivors who lived underground in western Ukraine, the Illinois Holocaust Museum was one of their first outreaches.
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April 17, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times | ‘No Place on Earth’ sheds light on Holocaust survivors’ cave dwellings

Returning to the Ukrainian cave 67 years later — the raw space that protected him from deadly persecution by Nazis in World War II — the survivor makes a simple request: Turn off the lights.
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April 10, 2013

Jewish World Review | No Place on Earth
Nearly 75 years after the end of World War II, one has to dig pretty deep to find a unique Holocaust story for the big screen.
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APRIL 5, 2013

NBC5 | Police Recruits Spend Day Immersed in History

During their six months of training, recruits receive more hours of human behavior instruction than most police officers.
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April 1, 2013

Clean Edison Blog | LEED Certifications of March

On January 29, 2013, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center was awarded LEED Gold Certification.
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March 27, 2013

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum takes spot among greenest buildings

Architect Stanley Tigerman has many accomplishments to his name, but he admits that his lasting legacy — the project he wants to best be remembered for — is the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie.
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March 26, 2013

Skokie Patch | Illinois Holocaust Museum Achieves LEED Gold Certification

The Skokie-based museum is the second museum in the Chicago area to achieve the LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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March 26, 2013

Trib Local | Illinois Holocaust Museum Receives $315,000 Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded a first-time grant of $315,000 to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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March 15, 2013

Splash | Illinois Holocaust Museum Humanitarian Awards Dinner

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner was themed “the power of one.”
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March 12, 2013

Skokie Patch | Illinois Holocaust Museum Honors Three Humanitarians

The Skokie museum honored J.B. Pritzker, Bill Brodsky and Linda Johnson Rice during its annual fundraising dinner.
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March 11, 2013

Skokie Review | Power of Three: Holocaust Museum Dinner Honors Humanitarians

The “power of one” comes in all shapes and sizes, but the concept has a universal connection: All those who reflect it stand up for what is right and create a ripple effect in so doing.
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March 7, 2013

Crain’s Chicago Business | Brodsky, Rice, Pritzker feted by Holocaust museum

Fifteen hundred guests, dozens of A-list CEOs and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist packed the Hyatt Regency for the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s fundraiser Wednesday night.
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March 1, 2013

TWO MOMS, A LITTLE TIME, AND A KEYBOARD | Illinois Holocaust Museum: Exhibits that Speak to the Children

The Illinois Holocaust Museum uses various exhibits to relate the messages learned from the Holocaust to other events that have happened or are happening today.
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February 28, 2013

TWO MOMS, A LITTLE TIME, AND A KEYBOARD | The Illinois Holocaust Museum: An Important Journey

We are very lucky to live an area with many resources that aid our children (and ourselves) as we learn about life, the world, and our place in it.
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February 26, 2013

GOOD NEWS SKOKIE | What 8th Grade Students Can Learn at the Holocaust Museum

On a recent Friday morning I had the extraordinary good luck to accompany a group of Middle School 8th graders to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center off Golf Road and Edens Highway in northern Skokie.
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February 12, 2013

Skokie Review | The Power of Staying Behind

When a government worker told Carl Wilkens to talk to Jean Kambanda about saving the 60 children in a Kigali orphanage from the Hutu militia, Wilkens could scarcely believe his ears.
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February 8, 2013

Chicago Tribune | Holocaust Museum’s message: Don’t bully

The little girl is only 8, and so she does not yet read newspapers or watch or listen to the local news.
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February 7, 2013

Skokie Review| Holocaust Museum explores lesser-known origins of Brown v. Board of Education

The “sanctioned” history of the Supreme Court’s 1954 landmark decision, Brown v. Board of Education, hasn’t always been easy for Joseph A. De Laine Jr. and his sister, Ophelia De Laine Gona to hear.
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February 6, 2013

WBEZ| Holocaust Museum Depicts Life Before Racial Integration

As an African-American born during World War II, when the subject is race, I’m always interested in the many stories that have not been told.
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February 1, 2013

Make It Better| 5 Things to Do: February 1-3

We’re celebrating this month with outdoor adventures, theatrics and cultural outings.
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January 29, 2013

Down With Film Blog | Trailer: Skokie: Invaded, But Not Forgotten

This documentary covers the town of Stokie, Illnois, which in 1977, had the largest percentage of holocaust survivors in the U.S.
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January 29, 2013

Examiner| ‘Courage’ Exhibit at IL Holocaust Museum – a tribute, but an end to segregation?

There continues to be a need for dialogue on issues of schooling and race that still confront America.
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January 29, 2013

Medill News| Illinois Holocaust Museum connects the dots of genocide

Rather than dwelling on history, the Illinois Holocaust Museum honored the 68th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation by focusing on a more recent genocide — in the Central African nation of Rwanda.
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January 29, 2013

Chicago Tribune| Holocaust survivor, reunited with sister, is now a U.S. citizen

Adam Paluch, 73, was one of the first candidates to arrive Monday at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building downtown.
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January 26, 2013

Daily Herald| Moving Picture: Mundelein Holocaust survivor finds past

It took 45 years, but Adam Paluch finally found out who he was.
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January 25, 2013

TimeOut Chicago| ‘Courage’ Exhibit Coming to Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will commence Black History Month with the exhibition "COURAGE: The Vision to End Segregation, The Guts to Fight For It" on February 3.
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January 24, 2013

Chicago Tonight| New Film Explores Skokie’s Battle with Neo-Nazis

A new documentary airing on WTTW explores the explosive moment when a group of neo-Nazis sought to march in Skokie, Illinois in 1979 – and the landmark legal drama that ensued.
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January 22, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times| ‘Invaded But Not Conquered’ documents Skokie neo-Nazi uproar

One of the many ways to divide time in Skokie is to look at life before and after the neo-Nazis tried to march downtown.
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January 22, 2013

Skokie Review| Reflections on Skokie’s neo-Nazi march attempt

Filmmaker Todd Whitman admits that he could have made a much longer documentary on the neo-Nazis’ attempted 1977 and 1978 march in Skokie.
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January 21, 2013

Chicago Tribune| Screening "Skokie: Invaded but not Conquered"

The story of Skokie and the way it rallied a community, a region and a state to stand up to the racism of neo-Nazism is told once again in a new documentary that takes a fresh look at old wounds.
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January 18, 2013

Chicago Jewish News| Invaded but Not Conquered

Aaron Elster still remembers what it felt like in 1978 when Nazis wanted to march in his hometown of Skokie.
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January 16, 2013

Chicago Tribune| Reawakening the ghosts of Skokie

To me, a kid growing up in the 1960s and ’70s, Skokie seemed like any other suburb, its tidy houses sitting on impeccably manicured lawns.
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