News From 2012

December 30, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times| ‘Spies’ exhibit in Skokie recounts the fear among us

With the CIA hogging the spotlight these days — think “Homeland” and the Petraeus scandal — it seems only right to make time for the exhibition “Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs” at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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December 26, 2012

TimeOut Chicago| Skokie film recalls Nazi march that didn’t happen

In 1977, the National Socialist Party of America applied for a permit to hold a rally in north suburban Skokie, whose large Jewish population included thousands of survivors of the Holocaust.
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December 10, 2012

Skokie Review| Survivors Meet in Skokie after more than 60 years

Chabad rabbis from many of the 35 Chabad Houses throughout Illinois gathered Sunday to witness the long-anticipated and historic first-time meeting of two men who survived the Holocaust in the Czestochowa concentration camp in Poland during 1944 as young boys.
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November 26, 2012

Skokie Review| Holocaust Survivors become important teachers at museum

Cipora Katz of Skokie has the rapt attention of the 10 or so students who sit around a table in the basement of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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November 18, 2012

Evanston Review| Students hear first-hand genocide lessons

Since 1990, all public and elementary schools in Illinois have been required to teach the Holocaust, the first state to adopt such a mandate.
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November 15, 2012

Northbrook Star| Kristallnacht ceremony highlights light in dark world

Out of recognition of the darkest of nights comes celebration of light.
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October 9, 2012

Skokie Review| Argentine ambassador makes historic Holocaust Museum visit

Like the Illinois Holocaust Museum itself, the Oct. 8 visit by the Argentine ambassador to the United States became not just about exploring the past but also about addressing the present.
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September 14, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times| ‘Cultural ambassadors’ make sure your visit, tours are top-notch

Chicago is chock-full of world-class art and architecture that isn’t always appreciated to the fullest — or, in some cases, at all.
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August 9, 2012

TimeOut Chicago| Exhibit A

“Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America” packs its twisting displays with U.S. history’s dark moments—foreign-born attacks long forgotten (the Black Tom bombing in New Jersey) or still haunting (9/11).
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 August 1, 2012

Chicago Tribune| Elie Wiesel a beacon for human rights

For more than 50 years, Elie Wiesel has provided a moral compass for the world.
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JULY 23, 2012

Skokie ReviewPolish ‘upstander’ Honored at Holocaust Museum in Skokie

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s outdoor Fountain of the Righteous represents a collection of inspirational stories about the difference one person can make in the world.
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JULY 20, 2012

Polish Daily NewsThe Righteous Among the Nations

Consul General of Israel to the County of the Midwest, Orli Gil, honored posthumously Pole Catherine Moroz highest Israeli award “Righteous Among the Nations.”
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JULY 18, 2012

Skokie Review| Holocaust Museum in Skokie opens thought-provoking exhibit

Where were you on that infamous day when New York Harbor came under attack by those looking to harm the country from within?
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JULY 18, 2012

Skokie Review| Curator oversees sacred collection at Skokie museum

Visitors who tour the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s permanent exhibition see nearly 500 collection pieces from beginning to end.
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JULY 16, 2012

Travel Digest of the Wisconsin State Journal| Travel digest: Terrorism and civil rights, Taking up space

The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., lends its expertise to a new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, Ill.
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JULY 7, 2012

TimeOut Chicago| I Spy

Explore this educational creation of the International Spy Museum.
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JULY 5, 2012

Skokie Review| Holocaust Museum takes on provocative subject

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center could not have picked a more provocative subject for its latest traveling exhibition.
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June 29, 2012

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel| Illinois Holocaust Museum announces Spies, Traitors, And Saboteurs. Fear And Freedom In America exhibition

Most Americans remember the moment they learned that terrorists had attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, and regard that day’s events as a turning point that forever altered their sense of security.
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June 29, 2012

CS| With Honors

More than 1,700 Chicago Business and civic leaders, community members and Holocaust Survivors gathered at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner. (See p. 150)
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June 18, 2012

Global Jewish Advocacy Newsletter| The Big Story

Nearly 20 diplomats from Chicago’s Consulates attended an event last week that examined the actions of the Third Reich’s Foreign Ministry and contemporary examples of ethical diplomatic dilemmas.
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June 13, 2012

Chicago Sister Cities | GOTHENBURG: A Tribute to Raoul Wallenberg Recap

On June 5 2012, the Gothenburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International supported a ceremony to honor the Swedish diplomat and humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg for his courage and actions that saved thousands of Jewish lives in Hungary 1944.
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June 5, 2012

Evanston Review | Holocaust Museum: Film explores last survivor generation

When someone drives or walks by the big building at 908 Argyle St. in Chicago, they’re not likely to take much notice.
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June 1, 2012

Skokie Patch | Documentary Sheds Light on Central European Refugees, Holocaust Survivors

In the late 1930’s groups of German Jewish refugees fled Europe as it was on the brink of the Holocaust and came to Chicago. A portion of this population founded the Selfhelp Home, a retirement home for elderly jews, in 1938.
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May 30, 2012

NBC 5 Chicago | Obama’s “Death Camp” Remark a Teachable Moment: Museum Director

President Barack Obama used the phrase “Polish Death Camp” while presenting a posthumous award to a Polish World War II hero who tried to warn the world about Nazi executions in Poland. Dick Johnson reports.
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May 30, 2012

Medill Reports Chicago | Chicago set to remember Swedish humanitarian who saved thousands from Nazis

By the end of 1944, 11-year-old Agnes Schwartz had lost everything.
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May 27, 2012

The Times | Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibit shares Jewish part in American war effort

Roger Salamon still remembers the words he heard during his army infantry training in March 1945.
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May 21, 2012

Crain’s Chicago Business | When giving crosses faith lines

John Canning Jr. isn’t Catholic. He isn’t even religious.
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May 18, 2012

Skokie Review | Jewish World War II vets tell of battle experiences

“War. You can’t describe the damage it does, and you have no idea how scary it is to be in a war.”
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May 4, 2012

ABC7 News | Mayor Emanuel, survivors mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

Dignitaries, students and survivors gathered at the Illinois Holocaust Museum for Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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May 1, 2012

JUF News | Holocaust museum exhibit showcases the American Jews who served in WWII

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s latest special exhibition offers a glimpse into a familiar topic through an unfamiliar perspective: that of American Jewish soldiers who served in WWII.
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April 23, 2012

Skokie Review | Early years a tireless effort

“We have not wasted a minute.”
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April 23, 2012

Skokie Review | Group marks Remembrance Day, anniversary

There came a time when Holocaust survivor and Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman stopped asking why.
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April 18, 2012

Journal Online | A Day For Survivors

There are some memories that last a lifetime. And there are some memories that can haunt you forever.
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March 28, 2012

Chicago Tribune | Hidden Holocaust exhibit a simple watercolor, until you flip it over

Illinois Holocaust Museum: At this thought-provoking museum, visitors follow a path that leads them from an explanation of the earliest stirrings of the Holocaust, through the genocide and then the aftermath.
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March 27, 2012

Daily Herald | Illinois Holocaust Museum honors civic leaders at awards dinner

Secretary of Defense (2006-2011) Robert M. Gates joined nearly 2,000 of Chicago’s foremost civic, business and charitable leaders, community members, local Holocaust survivors and museum patrons at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Tuesday, March 6, to celebrate the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and to honor four individuals at its 2012 Humanitarian Awards Dinner.
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March 12, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times | Humanitarian honorees

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s Board of Trustees, along with more than 1,800 supporters, gathered last week at the Hyatt Regency, 151 E. Wacker, for the 2012 Humanitarian Awards Dinner featuring former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates as keynote speaker.
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March 11, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Defense Secretary Gates weighs in on Iranian threat

Former Secretary of State Robert Gates’ assessment of the threat posed by Iran and the current state of the Middle East came with no sugar coating.
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March 11, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum honors Skokie teacher’s work in Ghana

Emmanuel may have been the first to capture Shelley Nizynski Reese’s heart but he certainly wasn’t the last.
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March 9, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum raises $2.2 million for its mission

Attended by 1,700 people including dignitaries from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and with a keynote address from former Secretary of State Robert M. Gates, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center March 6 raised more than $2.2 million at its annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner.
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March 9, 2012

Skokie Review | A glimpse of Ghana and its people

There are as many or more preventable deaths in Ghana as there are anywhere in the world, Shelley Nizynski Reese has said.
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 March 8, 2012

Crain’s | Holocaust Museum award allows Michael Rubinstein a pass on anniversary gift

When Michael Rubinstein took to the stage at the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s awards dinner Tuesday night, he noted that the affair conflicted with his 29th wedding anniversary.
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March 8, 2012

Skokie Patch | Local Jewish Vets Honored at Holocaust Museum

The touring exhibit of “Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War” – on display at Skokie’s Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center through June 21 – is so compelling museum officials wouldn’t dare alter its layout.
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March 6, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times | Holocaust museum honors three Chicago execs

On Tuesday night, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will host its annual Humanitarian Awards dinner to honor Neil Bluhm, president, JMB Realty Corp.; Don Thompson, president and COO, McDonald’s Corp., and Rick Waddell, chairman and CEO, Northern Trust, for outstanding civic leadership and support of the IHMEC.
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March 5, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum honors Skokie teacher

If ever there was an award tailor made for someone, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s new Power Of One Award — celebrating the difference one person can make in the world — has to be it.
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March 1, 2012

Chicago Tribune | ‘Ours to Fight For’ tells stories of Jews who served in WWII

Those of an anti-Semitic bent had a definite opinion about Jews’ joining the U.S. militaryto fight in World War II.
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February 24, 2012

Chicago Jewish News | GI Jews

When 88-year-old Chicago-area veteran Mort Oman viewed “Ours to Fight For: AmericanJews in the Second World War,” the new exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, he had a visceral reaction.
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February 20, 2012

Trib Local | Exhibition Public Opening at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

“Ours to Fight For- Amercian Jews in the Second World War” exhibit opened to the public on Feburary 19 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois.
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February 20, 2012

Skokie Review | Museum sought World War II exhibit years ago

When Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center leaders first wanted to bring “Ours To Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War” to Skokie, there were a couple of challenges.
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February 20, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Voices of veterans drive exhibit

It may be more instructive to begin with what you will not find in the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s traveling exhibition about Jewish World War II veterans.
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February 16, 2012

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

EXAMINE. The “OURS TO FIGHT FOR: AMERICAN JEWS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR” special exhibit opens this weekend at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
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February 13, 2012

WTTW | Stanley Tigerman

Architect Stanley Tigerman discusses the Illinois Holocaust Museum project.
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February 6, 2012

The Columbia Chronicle | Jewish World War II Veterans Remembered

In just a matter of weeks, the collective voices of more than 400 World War II veterans will tell their stories in an exhibition meant to encapsulate the realities of a pivotal time in history.
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January 24, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Jewish World War II vets drive new exhibit

More than 400 voices are behind the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s forthcoming comprehensive exhibition exploring American Jews who fought in World War II.
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January 20, 2012

Chicago Jewish News | Pennies in Memory

On Sunday, Jan. 29, BEANS USY (Beth El at North Suburban Synagogue United Synagogue Youth) of Highland Park will present a donation of 1.5 million pennies ($15,000) to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
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January 19, 2012

Skokie Review | Holocaust Museum: Landmark play asks big moral questions

“It is not only Ernst Janning that is put on trial here. It is the German people.”
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January 13, 2012

Dupage Regional Office of Education | International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The United Nations has designated January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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January 3, 2012

Huffington Post | The Sound Of Silence: Resolving To Speak Out In 2012

Even as the New Year has come and gone, change, often avoided or dismissed, becomes an overwhelming motivator.
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