News From 2017

December 29, 2017

Chicago Tribune | Two visionaries who made history at the Illinois Holocaust Museum

Museum CEO Susan Abrams and Vice President Shoshana Buchholz-Miller worked for three years to turn a daring vision into reality with the leading-edge Take a Stand Center.
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December 21, 2017

Modern Luxury | The Good Fight

Kerry Kennedy’s Speak Truth to Power, coming to Illinois Holocaust Museum February 4, celebrates the world’s social justice warriors.
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December 21, 2017

Chicago Tribune | Best museum shows of 2017

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution and Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann
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December 19, 2017

NPR All Things Considered | Illinois Holocaust Museum Preserves Survivors’ Stories — As Holograms

In a Hollywood studio, surrounded by green screens, Harris answered questions for five or six hours a day. By the time it was all done, he’d answered nearly 2,000.
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December 12, 2017

Chicago Magazine| Give Chicago: Your year-end guide to philanthropy

Furthering the Museum’s mission of empowering and enabling people to stand up for humanity, the Take a Stand Center was created to move visitors from knowledge to inspiration to action.
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December 8, 2017

Lonely Planet | Talk to holograms of Holocaust survivors at this Illinois museum

A permanent immersive exhibition has opened at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in the United States, with an experience that enables visitors to hear the first-hand accounts and stories of Holocaust survivors through new ground-breaking technology.
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December 1, 2017

Smithsonian Magazine | An Exhibit in Illinois Allows Visitors to Talk with Holograms of 13 Holocaust Survivors

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, Illinois, unveiled the groundbreaking Abe & Ida Survivor Stories Experience this fall.
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December 1, 2017

Country Magazine | Never Forget

For decades, Samuel R. Harris (who was born Szlamalek Rzeznik) didn’t want to talk about what he saw.
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November 29, 2017

NBC5 | Museum Spotlights Rock Promoter’s Bill Graham’s Journey

Legendary rock n’ roll promoter Bill Graham was used to putting stars in the spotlight. But now, one suburban museum is turning the spotlight on him. 
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November 22, 2017

Newsy | New 3-D Hologram Forever Preserves Holocaust Survivors

Newsy explores how the Take a Stand Center’s interactive 3-D technology will allow Holocaust Survivors to reach audiences beyond their own lifetimes.
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November 14, 2017

WBEZ Morning Shift | Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Uses High-Tech To Empower Social Justice

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center has recently opened the Take a Stand Center, a new permanent exhibition that uses state of the art technology to bring the stories of survivors and social justice leaders to life, and teaches visitors how they can make a difference and stand up for humanity.
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November 14, 2017

Daily Herald Business Ledger | 2017 Influential Women in Business Honorees

The Daily Herald honors Susan Abrams, CEO of Illinois Holocaust Museum, for her tireless work to advance the Museum’s mission and message.
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November 8, 2017

Chicago Magazine | Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s Take a Stand Center Premiere

Between October 25 to 29, more than 500 people celebrated the opening of the groundbreaking, multimillion dollar Take a Stand Center at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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November 8, 2017

WGN Radio | The incredible story of Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster: “It’s important that young people understand what human beings are capable of doing to one another”

Holocaust Survivor Aaron Elster and Vice President of Education and Exhibitions Shoshana Buchholz-Miller join WGN’s Justin Kaufmann to discuss the groundbreaking Take a Stand Center, which utilizes technology to enable the first-in-the-world “conversation” with recorded Holocaust Survivors via interactive, 3-D holography.
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November 8, 2017

WCIU The Jam | Take a Stand Lets Future Generations Hear the Voices of Holocaust Survivors

Thirteen Holocaust Survivors told their stories, answering thousands of questions, for the new 3D Take a Stand Center at Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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November 5, 2017

Daily North Shore | Holocaust Museum Holograms Bring History to Life

Holocaust Survivors’ stories- in their own voices- will survive in perpetuity with new technology in the Take a Stand Center.
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November 2, 2017

Skokie Review | Hologram technology in Holocaust Museum exhibit immortalizes survivors’ stories

The Take a Stand Center puts Illinois Holocaust Museum on a new level; future generations will hear from Holocaust Survivors themselves, learning to combat hatred, prejudice, indifference, and all kinds of adversity in their own life.
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November 1, 2017

Sheridan Road | Making History

Illinois Holocaust Museum is the first in the world to use the USC Shoah Foundation’s New Dimensions in Technology in its Take a Stand Center, making history and guaranteeing Holocaust Survivors’ stories are told.
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Take a Stand Center Takes the World by Storm

On October 29, 2017, the Museum unveiled the world’s first Take a Stand Center, featuring three immersive galleries to take visitors from Knowledge to Inspiration to Action. The Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience, which uses brand new voice recognition and holography technology received broad media coverage across the nation and internationally.

October 30, 2017

New Tech, 3D Holograms Preserve Holocaust Survivor Stories
The New York Times, Washington Post, ABC NewsChicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, The Sacramento Bee, Miami Herald, U.S. News, The Detroit News, Newsday, and Rock River Times.

October 28, 2017

US museum debuts first 3-D holograms of Holocaust Survivors
Times of Israel, Daily Mail UK, Japan Times, Channel News Asia, Digital Journal, Eagle News, Gears of Biz, and Phys Org

 

October 31, 2017

Artnet News | Barbara Kruger Has Designed Profound MetroCards for NYC + More Must-Read Stories

Holocaust Survivors’ holograms speak out at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, near Chicago, with new technology from USC Shoah Foundation.
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October 30, 2017

Blooloop | Illinois Holocaust Museum premiers 3D holograms of Holocaust survivors

A pioneering exhibition has opened at Illinois Holocaust Museum, captivating audiences with interactive, holographic technology.
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October 26, 2017

CBS Chicago | The Holocaust Told Through Holograms

The Jewish United Fund estimates about 6,000 Holocaust Survivors remain in the Chicago area. One organization is using technology to better preserve their legacy.
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October 25, 2017

ABC7 Eyewitness News | Holocaust survivors share their stories via hologram at Illinois Holocaust Museum

A stunning technology will allow Holocaust survivors to tell their stories and answer questions long after they’ve passed on.
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October 25, 2017

Crain’s Chicago Business | The best events for the week

Probably the connection jumps out only to etymology enthusiasts, but the holo- in “holography” and “Holocaust” is the same combining form, meaning “whole.” Make sure to visit Illinois Holocaust Museum’s new permanent installation, the Take a Stand Center, soon.
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October 25, 2017

Chicago Parent | Interact with Holocaust survivors via unique virtual experience at Illinois Holocaust Museum

Since encounters with Holocaust survivors tend to be the most meaningful part of any visit to the museum, Illinois Holocaust Museum staff decided to find a way to preserve that legacy after these unique individuals are gone. 
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October 25, 2017

Make It Better | 5 Things to Do: Oct. 27 – 29

Get the Halloween festivities started early this weekend and don’t miss a groundbreaking new exhibit at Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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October 25, 2017

WTTW Chicago Tonight | 10 Things to Do This Weekend: Oct. 26 – 31

At this weekend’s opening celebration of the Take a Stand Center, explore the new trio of interactive galleries— including the Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience featuring cutting-edge interactive, 3D technology— meet Holocaust Survivors in person, and take in musical and spoken-word poetry performances.
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October 24, 2017

Chicago Magazine | Thanks to the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Visitors Can Talk to Survivors for Decades to Come

The last Holocaust Survivors will soon be gone, but a new project is bringing their stories to life as never before.
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October 24, 2017

Cook County Chronicle | Cook County Calendar of Events Oct. 26 – 30

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will unveil its new multi-million dollar Take a Stand Center, an immersive permanent exhibition with a forward-looking emphasis on multiple areas of social justice.
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October 23, 2017

WGN Morning News | Hologram technology helps preserve stories of Holocaust survivors

Using groundbreaking voice recognition technology and hologram 3D imaging, stories from the past are preserved like you’ve never seen before in the Take a Stand Center at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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October 23, 2017

NBC5 Chicago | Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit Allows Unique Interaction With Survivors

Take a look behind the scenes at the Take a Stand Center at Illinois Holocaust Museum, which allows visitors to interact with Holocaust survivors in a unique way.
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October 21, 2017

Chicago Tribune | How to talk to Holocaust survivors in the future? In Take a Stand’s holograms, an answer

Welcome to the future of the preservation of memory, which is playing out for the first time anywhere in the world at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie. Starting on Oct. 29, visitors will be able to ask questions of Fritzie Fritzshall, Survivor and Museum President and 12 other Holocaust survivors as part of the museum’s $5 million, three-years-in-the-making Take a Stand Center.
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October 20, 2017

Daily Herald | As holograms, 13 local Holocaust survivors blink, breathe and tell their stories

The Take a Stand Center brings the stories of Holocaust Survivor Aaron Elster and 12 other Survivors to life in a unique and engaging way and brings lessons about hatred, prejudice, and indifference into the future.
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October 14, 2017

Chicago Theater and Arts | Holocaust and modern heroes featured in Take a Stand Exhibition

Imagine being able to ask questions of Holocaust Survivors, not just now, but ten and twenty years from now. Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center has done more than merely ponder the possibility with the world’s first Take a Stand Center.
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October 11, 2017

JUF News | Survivors live on in perpetuity, thanks to cutting-edge technology

The new Take a Stand Center will take audiences through a 90-minute journey whose aim is to move them beyond a depth of knowledge to prevent future atrocities.
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October 1, 2017

Sheridan Road | Summer Soirée: Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Women’s Leadership Committee hosted its fifth annual benefit this year at Carnivale Chicago to support the Museum’s mission to combat hatred, prejudice, and indifference and encourage others to take a stand for humanity.
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September 29, 2017

JUF News | Jewish leaders address rise of anti-Semitism as Yom Kippur arrives

Hatred, prejudice, and ignorance call for solutions, and for Survivor Sam Harris the solution has always seemed to be education. That’s why he helped establish Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie.
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September 27, 2017

Make It Better | 5 Things to Do: Sept. 29 to Oct. 1

As September ends, new events begin all around Chicago. Don’t miss a special event with Terri Hemmert at Illinois Holocaust Museum Sunday, October 1.
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September 19, 2017

The New York Times | The Remembering Machine

This documentary explores New Dimensions in Testimony, the technology developed by USC Shoah Foundation for the Take A Center Center.
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September, 2017

Hadassah Magazine | Virtual Holocaust Education, an Interactive Exhibit

USC Shoah Foundation’s “New Dimensions in Testimony” will be installed permanently at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Chicago on October 29, in the Museum’s Take A Stand Center, where, for the first time, the holographic installation will have a three-dimensional feel.
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September 17, 2017

Chicago Tribune | 15 Things to do with the Kids Sept. 18-24

It’s hard to find cooler, more interactive programs for parents and kids than at museum family days. Exhibit A: “Posters That Rock!” with Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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September 14, 2017

Smithsonian Magazine | 12 Must-See Fall Exhibits Around the World

Starting October 29, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center will debut a first-in-the-world experience in its new Take A Stand Center: the Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience.
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September 13, 2017

KCET | Holocaust Survivor Holograms Give History New Depth

When you meet Pinchas Gutter, he’s ready to talk. Seated comfortably in an armchair, the Holocaust survivor makes eye contact and lets you have the first move.
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September 8, 2017

Windy City Times | The Illinois Holocaust Museum to Unveil Take A Stand Center

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will unveil its new multi-million-dollar Take A Stand Center, an immersive permanent exhibition with a forward-looking emphasis on multiple areas of social justice, on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017.
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September 8, 2017

Forward | Keeping Holocaust Survivor Testimonies Alive- Through Holograms

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will be unveiling its long-awaited, multi-million-dollar Take A Stand Center this October.
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September 8, 2017

WLS 890 AM | Sirott and Murciano

Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano join David Graham to talk about his father’s Bill Graham Exhibition at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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September 6, 2017

JUF News | Photo exhibit highlights courage of Muslim Albanians during World War II

Few are aware of Albania’s role in saving 2,000 Jewish lives. That’s because the proud history of the southeastern, mostly Muslim nation of 3 million on the Adriatic was kept under wraps for more than 40 years-until 1992- by a totalitarian regime with strong allegiances to the former Soviet Union. Since then, however, the many courageous acts of Albanians have come to light, and Yad Vashem-Israel’s Holocaust museum and memorial- has honored scores of them as part of its Righteous Among the Nations, recognition accorded to those who put their own lives at risk to help Jews during the Holocaust.
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August 31, 2017

JUF News | Rock-and-Roll Survivor: The Life and Times of Bill Graham

While gazing at a Jimi Hendrix suit and Janis Joplin’s tambourine, you could be forgiven for thinking you were at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But no, you’re in Skokie, at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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August 31, 2017

Chicago Sun-Times | Bill Graham Exhibit Rocks on at Illinois Holocaust Museum

The man in question is the late Bill Graham, the onetime dean of concert promoters, whose penchant for self-promotion was surpassed only by his uncanny ability to spot and promote music talent.
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August 22, 2017

Chicago Tonight, WTTW | Bill Graham, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer Who Escaped Nazi Germany

Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Arielle Weininger joins Chicago Tonight’s Phil Ponce to discuss the life and revolutionary career of Holocaust survivor and rock promoter Bill Graham.
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August 10, 2017

Style Chicago | Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

Comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario.
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August 9, 2017

SoundCloud | Bill Graham: Survivor to Icon

An exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center explores the life, struggles, and success of a rock and roll icon. Before there was Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, or even Woodstock, there was Bill Graham. Brian O’Keefe has the story.
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August 4, 2017

Make It Better | Illinois Holocaust Museum Opens ‘Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution’

On July 16, the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie opened a new exhibit, “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution,” showcasing the life of a music promoter who not only launched the careers of artists including The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, but also worked as a social justice advocate as a Jewish refugee who fled the Nazis.
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August 4, 2017

Album Cover Hall of Fame | Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

Of course, psychedelic artwork would not have had a chance to blossom without a great patron or two, and the work Bill Graham provided artists hired to create posters and such for his Fillmore and Winterland venues and, later, for the many concerts and festivals he produced, helped establish many of these talented people as “the best” in their craft in the eyes of the many millions of people who attended those events and who’d buy (or steal) their products.
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July 28, 2017

Institute of Museum and Library Services | Outstanding Libraries and Museums Honored with Nation’s Highest Award for Dedication, Commitment to their Communities

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Skokie, Illinois, uses a powerful network of volunteers and Survivors to encourage all who come through its doors to enact change.
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July 27, 2017

Third Coast Review | Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution Comes to Chicago

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is currently hosting an exhibit dedicated to Graham called Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution.
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July 25, 2017

ABC7 Eyewitness News | Bill Graham Exhibit Opens at Illinois Holocaust Museum

An exhibit is open on legendary music producer Bill Graham, the man who steered rock royalty to success, at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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July 19, 2017

Illinois Channel | Skokie, Illinois’ Holocaust Museum Wins National Award for Service and Education

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center was honored this week as one of ten institutions to receive a 2017 national award for service and education from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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July 19, 2017

Chicago Tribune | ‘Bill Graham’ Rock and Roll Exhibit at the Holocaust Museum is a Hit

Having a rock music exhibition in a Holocaust museum does not seem like the most natural fit. But “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution,”  newly opened at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, is not your standard rock show.
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July 18, 2017

Canisius | Griff Under 40: Kelley (Hayes) Szany ’99

Headquartered at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (IHMEC) in Skokie, IL, the director of education develops and oversees the Museum’s public programing for educators, students, civic and business leaders and the broader community.
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July 17, 2017

ABC Eyewitness News | Skokie’s Holocaust Museum Named Among Top 10 Museums in the Country

The Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie has been named one of the top 10 museums in the nation.
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July 16, 2017

WGN 9 | Exhibit Shows Promoter’s Journey From Holocaust Survivor to Rock-and-Roll Legend

A new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum documents his humble beginnings fleeing Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.
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July 17, 2017

WBEZ 91.5 FM | Music Impresario Bill Graham Honored in New Exhibit

The incredible life story of this resilient rock pioneer is being told in a new exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.
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July 12, 2017

WTTW | 10 Things to Do This Weekend: July 13-16

A new multimedia exhibition, “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution,” explores the life of Graham, who came to the U.S. as a young Jewish refugee fleeing Nazi Germany.
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July 12, 2017

Make It Better | 5 Things to Do: July 14-16

The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s latest exhibit explores the life of Holocaust Survivor Bill Graham, who launched the careers of bands and artists such as Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones.
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July 8, 2017

Chicago Now | Exhibit of Legendary Music Promoter Bill Graham at Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Illinois Holocaust Museum may sound  like an odd choice to showcase the life of renowned music promoter Bill Graham, who helped launch and promote the careers of countless iconic artists including, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, The Who, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. But not so.
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July 6, 2017

Chicago Tribune | 40 Local Museum Treasures you Need to See Now

Among its many functions, the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie is a wrenching reminder of how a nation of seemingly rational, educated people can lose its collective mind.
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July 5, 2017

Chicago Now | Legacy of Legendary Music Promoter Bill Graham Showcased in New Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibition

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will bring a pivotal era of rock music history to life with its new exhibition, Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, opening July 16, 2017.
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July 3, 2017

Evanston Patch | Photographer Baron Wolman Discusses Bill Graham and ” The Rolling Stone Years”

His work is included in the special exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution at Illinois Holocaust Museum from July 16 to November 12.
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June 24, 2017

Chicago Tribune | The Tree that Grew Roots – and Hope – Inside a Concentration Camp

On the grounds of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, a maple tree stands as a towering testament to the power of hope under the most dire circumstances.
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June 21, 2017

WDRV 97.1 FM | Bill Graham Exhibition Opening

The legacy of legendary music promoter Bill Graham comes to life this summer at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.
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June 21, 2017

WXRT 93.1 FM | Bill Graham Exhibition Opening

Rock history comes to life with a new exhibition this summer opening July 16 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.
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June 13, 2017

Chicago Tribune | Holocaust Survivor Reflects on Acceptance at Highland Park Exhibit Opening

The president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center contrasted those two examples when speaking June 1 to an audience in Highland Park.
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June 13, 2017

Make It Better | 5 Things to do: Father’s Day Weekend 2017

This Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibit about “the hunt, capture and prosecution” of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann closes on Sunday. Dads can visit the museum for free on Saturday and Sunday and will also receive 10 percent off at the museum shop.
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June 9, 2017

Sheridan Road | Striking A Cord

The iconic concert promoter will soon be the star of his own highly-anticipated show in Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, which makes its Midwest debut next month at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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June 9, 2017

Chicago Tribune | Holocaust Survivors at Printers Row Lit Fest to Explain How They Created Memoirs

Each author is a member of the Speakers’ Bureau of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and they’ll talk about the process of writing their memoirs at the 33rd annual Printers Row Lit Fest at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Jones College Prep, 700 S. State St., Room 4038.
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May 30, 2017

Daily Southtown | Students From CHSD170’s Washington-McKinley School Visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Students and staff from CHSD170’s Washington-McKinley School recently visited the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center courtesy of an Opportunity Sholarship provided by the Museum.
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May 26, 2017

Skokie Review | Illinois Holocaust Museum wins national award

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie has been named one of 10 recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, according to the organization that distributes the award.
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May 24, 2017

Spy Write | Operation Finale – An exhibit review

The Illinois Holocaust Museum is hosting another traveling spy-themed exhibit following up on its successful hosting several years ago of Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs.
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May 16, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle | Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie receives national award

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center has been named a recipient of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
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May 16, 2017

Northbrook Star | Launch 2017 fashion show benefits Illinois Holocaust Museum

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May 15, 2017

Splash Magazines | “Eli Rosenbaum Speaks” Review

On Thursday, May 11, 2017,  exactly 57 years to the day after the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education  Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, sponsored a talk by Eli Rosenbaum, former Director, US Department of Justice Office of Special Investigations, (OSI). OSI was the branch of the Justice Department that had been primarily responsible for identifying, denaturalizing and Nazi War criminals from 1994 to 2010, when it merged into the new Human Rights and Special Prosecution Section (HRSPS).
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May 6, 2017

Daily North Shore | 2017 Humanitarian Awards Dinne

Nearly 2,000 people attended the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s 2017 Humanitarian Awards Dinner, raising more than $2.5 million to support the educational mission of the Museum.
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April 30, 2017

ABC 7 News | Technology tells survivors’ stories at Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Illinois Holocaust Museum is using new technology to tell the stories of 13 Holocaust survivors, including 7 from Chicago.
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April 27, 2017

Skokie Review | Holocaust survivors add to 70-year-old sacred Torah scroll during special brunch

About 120 Holocaust survivors throughout the Chicago area were at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie for the museum’s third annual appreciation brunch.
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April 23, 2017

Chicago Tribune | Shining a light: Holocaust Museum CEO tasked with preserving historic evil to inspire future good

Abrams says that after being hired as CEO of Illinois Holocaust Museum in 2014, she was inundated with ideas — “I had legal pads filled with lists of the things we could do,” she says — but with so many possibilities, it was critical to decide what to do next.”
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April 23, 2017

Lincolnwood Review | From the community: From the community: Special Terezin Tree Planted at Niles North

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (ILHMEC) and Village of Skokie donated a maple “Terezin Tree,” a descendent from the original tree from the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during World War II.
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April 23, 2017

Quad-City Times | Holocaust survivor talks about life in Chinese internment camp

The students did not have textbooks, but learned with notebooks their parents made for them, said Fogel, who has donated every bit of memorabilia except her citizenship papers to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Chicago.
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April 5, 2017

JUF NewsLocal scouts tour Eichmann exhibit, learn about upstanders

For a few hours this past winter, local Girl and Boy Scouts were able to step into that world during a tour of Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann, an exhibit currently showing at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie.
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March 31, 2017

Skokie PatchSkokie Celebrates Arbor Day by Planting Terezin Trees

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (ILHMEC) is donating three maple Terezin trees to the Village for the 2017 Arbor Day plantings. The Terezin trees are named as such because they originate from a tree planted by children held in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during World War II.
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March 27, 2017

Skokie ReviewIllinois Holocaust Museum named finalist for national award

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center has been named one of 30 finalists from across the country for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Services, according to the organization that distributes the award.
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March 27, 2017

WTTW“A Universal Jurisdiction Over Genocide”: The Trial Of Adolf Eichmann

The long-term legacy of the Eichmann trial, first and foremost, is that it created a universal jurisdiction over genocide, says Kelley H. Szany, the Director of Education at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, which is currently presenting an exhibition titled “Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann,” through June 18.
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March 20, 2017

Illinois Holocaust Museum | Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Recognized as Finalist for 2017 National Medal For Museum and Library Service
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March 15, 2017

Make It Better Better Makers: Laura Bush Serves as Keynote Speaker at Illinois Holocaust Museum’s 2017 Humanitarian Awards Dinner

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s 2017 Humanitarian Awards Dinner on March 8 raised more than $2.5 million for the educational mission of the museum.
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March 9, 2017

Crain’s Chicago Business | Catching up with the Bushes

Wondering what 43 and his family are up to these days? Then you should have been at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center last night. The dinner, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, featured former first lady Laura Bush and J.B. Pritzker in a friendly chat that covered everything from former President George W. Bush’s new hobby to the Trump administration.
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March 8, 2017

WGN News | Illinois Holocaust Museum honors humanitarian awards

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education center hosted its humanitarian awards dinner tonight. Former First Lady Laura Bush was the keynote speaker for the museums largest fundraiser.
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March 8, 2017

ABC 7 News | Laura Bush appears with Rahm, Rauner at Holocaust Museum Awards

Former first lady Laura Bush spoke out against hate in Chicago Wednesday nights at the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Humanitarian Awards dinner downtown.
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March 8, 2017

Chicago Tribune | Rauner to announce plan to combat hate crimes

Rauner will detail his four-point plan at a downtown dinner benefiting the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, according to his office. He tapped the state director of public safety and the secretary of education to help carry out the proposal.
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March 8, 2017

Chicago Sun Times Sharon Stone aims to celebrate local Holocaust survivor with film

When Stone traveled to Chicago to visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, where Harris is the president emeritus, the experience had a profound effect on the actress and filmmaker.
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March 6, 2017

Chicago Tonight | ‘Operation Finale’ Exhibit Details Capture, Trial of Nazi Leader

Fifty-five years ago, one of the key architects of the Holocaust was executed in Israel following an astonishing capture and trial. His name was Adolf Eichmann.
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March 3, 2017

Skokie Review | Laura Bush to speak at Illinois Holocaust Museum Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Former First Lady Laura Bush will be the keynote speaker Wednesday at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s annual 2017 Humanitarian Awards Dinner.
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March 1, 2017

Chicago Tonight | Vandalism and Bomb Threats Mark Spike in Anti-Semitism

“It’s very upsetting to see this increase in anti-Semitic incidents,” said Shoshana Buchholz-Miller, vice president of education and exhibitions at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. ”
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March 1, 2017

JUF News | Operation Finale

Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann is the new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie. It takes its title from Operation Finale, the name of the Mossad action to capture the fugitive war criminal in Argentina.
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February 23, 2017

Chicago Tribune | ‘Operation Finale’ a Holocaust Museum smash

It isn’t every day that a museum exhibit plays out more like the plot of a spy novel — and in addition has major historical significance.

But that’s the considerable allure of “Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann,” recently opened at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
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February 20, 2017

Skokie Review | New Holocaust Museum exhibit details notorious Nazi’s capture and trial

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s new exhibition, “Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann,” takes visitors chronologically through the operation that led to Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann’s capture, trial and execution.
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February 17, 2017

Make It Better | 5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Feb. 17 – 19

The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s latest exhibit examines “the secret history behind bringing one of the most notorious Nazi war criminals of the 20th century to justice.
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February 16, 2017

WGN-TV News | Illinois Holocaust Museum debuts exhibit about notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann

The Illinois Holocaust Museum is hosting a new exhibit about one of the most notorious Nazi war criminals, featuring artifacts displayed for the first time outside Israel.
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February 9, 2017

Chicago Reader | Anti-Semitism in Chicago is nothing new

In the past two weeks there have been four anti-Semitic incidents in Chicago: the smashing of windows and the scrawling of swastikas on the front of the Chicago Loop Synagogue, the carving of a swastika on a bench inside the Illinois Holocaust Museum, anti-Semitic and racist graffiti painted inside Saint Cornelius School in Jefferson Park, and a bomb threat to a suburban Jewish community center.
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February 9, 2017

The Forward | The First Voices To Emerge from the Holocaust: David Boder’s Nightmarish Journey, Rediscovered 

IIT has a complete online archive of Boder’s recordings and has lent out one of his two existing wire recorders to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie for a temporary exhibit.
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February 9, 2017

Teen Vogue What Populism Is, and How It Relates to Donald Trump

Kelley Szany, the director of education at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, does point out, though, that white nationalist sentiments aren’t new.
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Holocaust Survivors Speak Out Against Executive Order

On February 2, the Museum hosted a press conference with 18 Holocaust Survivors to speak out against the Executive Order on immigration and to oppose the Administration’s intentional omission of any reference to the Nazi’s attempted annihilation of Jews during the Holocaust in their statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

As a result, the Museum received broad media coverage from Chicago’s major news outlets including NBCABCWGNWTTWFOX, CBS, NPRChicago TribuneHuffington PostChicago Reader, and Daily Herald, as well as broadcast news airing outside our state. This coverage allowed us to reinforce our important mission to inspire Upstanders who speak out against discrimination and take a stand for humanity.

 

February 9, 2017

Museum Program | The Syrian Crisis: Impact & Response

How can we help the millions of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey, Europe and elsewhere? We must speak out. We must offer compassion to the millions of innocent people who are fleeing brutality.

On February 9, 2017, a program at Illinois Holocaust Museum addressed the challenges of daily life for civilians in Syria, as well as how we can help refugees already in the United States, and the implications of the recent Executive Order.
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February 6, 2017

Skokie Review | Holocaust survivors speak out against new U.S. immigration policy

Three Holocaust survivors representing the survivor community at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center spoke out Thursday against President Trump’s Jan 27 executive order restricting immigration to the United States from predominantly-Muslim countries.
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February 6, 2017

The Northbrook Tower | Ban stirs terrible memories for Holocaust survivors

President Trump’s recent immigration ban has been met with angry protests, opposition from five state attorneys general and now, a formal rebuke from the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.
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February 3, 2017

Good Morning Quad Cities – WQAD-TV(7:34:57 – 7:36:00)

Some Holocaust Survivors in Illinois are concern about refugee ban signed by Donald Trump.
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February 3, 2017

Local 6 Today – WPSD-TV  (5:34:15 – 5:34:44)

Holocaust Survivors in Illinois are also reacting to the new immigration policy.
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February 3, 2017

WEHT Eyewitness News Daybreak (6:48:40 – 6:49:46)

Holocaust Survivors in Illinois are concerned about the new refugee ban signed by President Donald Trump.
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February 3, 2017

CBS 2 Morning News (6:37:36 – 6:38:19)

18 Holocaust Survivors gathered to speak against the travel ban at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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February 3, 2017

WBEZ Morning Edition

Holocaust Survivors who live in the Chicago-area are speaking out to support refugees and immigrants who might be affected by the Trump administration’s Executive Order that is limiting entry to the United States.
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February 3, 2017

KWWL Today in Iowa

Some Holocaust Survivors said that the President’s Executive Order on immigration reminds them of their own struggles during World War II.
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February 2, 2017

Chicago Tribune |  Trump’s immigration order revives horrible memories for Chicago Holocaust survivors – Chicago Tribune

It’s been more than 70 years since Aaron Elster survived the Holocaust by hiding in a Polish family’s cold, dirty attic.
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February 2, 2017

Patti Vasquez Show – WGN-AM(1:02:57 – 1:03:32)

A group of Holocaust Survivors from Chicago are speaking out against Trump’s Executive Order on immigration.
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February 2, 2017

NBC | Holocaust Survivors Say Refugee Travel Ban Revives Bad Memories

“We survivors know what it is like to be put upon, to be isolated, to be ultimately eliminated,” Elster said.
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February 2, 2017

The Huffington Post | Here’s What Holocaust Survivors Want Us To Know About Trump’s Refugee Ban

The announcement last week of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from entering the U.S. jerked Fritzie Fritzshall back to the most horrific time in her life.
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February 2, 2017

Chicago Tonight – WTTW-TV (8:03:55 –

Survivors of the Holocaust stood in solidarity today with refugees affected by Trump’s Executive Order.
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February 2, 2017

Local 6 at 10 – WPSD-TV (11:03:25 – 11:03:50)

Holocaust Survivors in Illinois are also reacting to the new immigration policies.
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February 2, 2017

Daily Herald | ‘Second generation’ survivor to talk about father’s Holocaust experience

When they came for him, Steve Koek’s father was a 12-year-old boy living in Holland.
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February 1, 2017

Illinois Homes | Illinois Holocaust Museum Preserves The Dream Of Peace and Human Rights

Perhaps a little lesser known nationally, but no less impactful, is the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie. What began as a small storefront space on the town’s Main Street in 1984 now receives over 150,000 visitors annually in its 65,000-square foot building after officially opening to the public in 2009.
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January 31, 2017

Chicago Magazine | The Wrong Side of History

It’s a frigid afternoon in the middle of December, and more than 100 Chicago police cadets are exploring the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.
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January 24, 2017

Forward | Photographer Steve Schapiro Recalls Shooting the Images That Marked the Civil Rights Era

When Schapiro agreed to give a talk on January 19 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, he didn’t know it would be on the cusp of Donald Trump’s inauguration and another march on Washington, one inspired by the 1963 march. But the timing gives his photos special resonance now.
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January 23, 2017

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum film screening, discussion focuses on human trafficking awareness

The story of woman who said she fell victim to human trafficking is the subject of a film that was screened earlier this month at the Illinois Holocaust Museum as part of a month-long awareness campaign.
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January 21, 2017

Crain’s Chicago Business | Illinois Holocaust Museum bets on rock ‘n’ roll

In July, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will open “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution.”
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January 21, 2017

Daily North Shore | Sunday Breakfast with Susan Abrams

Abrams, CEO of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, owns a gold medal for 2016 Innovator of the Year in the division of Government or Non-Profit Organizations with up to 2,500 employees.
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