Current Special Exhibitions
OPERATION FINALE: THE CAPTURE AND TRIAL OF ADOLF EICHMANN
February 19 – June 18, 2017
Main Special Exhibition Gallery
The dramatic story behind one of the world’s most notorious escaped Nazi war criminals being brought to justice is told using recently declassified artifacts from the Mossad, Israel’s Secret Intelligence Service. This is the first time this exhibition has ever left the State of Israel and the first exhibition in the United States to fully document the pursuit, capture, extradition and 1961 trial of a principal perpetrator of The Final Solution.
Photo: Adolf Eichmann in Nazi uniform, 1940s (Yad Vashem)
LOST STORIES, FOUND IMAGES: PORTRAITS OF JEWS IN WARTIME AMSTERDAM BY ANNEMIE WOLFF
October 30, 2016 – February 26, 2017
Annemie Wolff, also known as Annemie Wolff-Koller (1906 Laufen, Germany – 2 February 1994 Amsterdam), was a German-Dutch photographer. Her 1943 photos of Jewish and non-Jewish children and adults, taken in Amsterdam, were rediscovered in 2008 by Dutch photo historian Simon Kool. About 3000 photos were taken of 440 persons, and about 300 of the subjects have been identified by now. About half of the photos’ Jewish subjects perished in the Nazi concentration camps, while the others survived World War II.
Lost Stories, Found Images tells many remarkable stories: of the courageous and talented photographer Annemie Wolff; of each person whose 1943 portrait is in the exhibit; and of the discovery of the identity of these people 70 years later.
Lost Stories, Found Images: Portraits of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam by Annemie Wolff, is on loan from, a project of, and an original exhibit created by the Wolff Foundation, Amsterdam, in partnership with the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Foundation (“JCF”).
Photo credit: Judith Trijtel, 1943. Photo Annemie Wolff. Copyright Monica Kaltenschnee, Haarlem, Holland
HOW IT IS, BUT HOW IT SHOULD BE: AN IMAGINED LIFE OUTSIDE OF GURS
July 21, 2016 – January 7, 2018
While imprisoned in Camp de Gurs in unoccupied France in 1941, a young artist named Trudl Besag made an illustrated booklet and gave it to a fellow prisoner, Rosa Hirschbruch, for her 65th birthday. The booklet, entitled So ist es, aber, so soll’s sein (How it is, but how it should be), vividly illuminates the daily life in Gurs, presents an artful and hopeful response to imprisonment, and captures the will of these prisoners to continue to dream of another life.
The exhibition How it is, but how it should be reproduces a rare and vivid artifact from our Museum collection, with translations by the artist. Additional elements tell the broader story of Camp de Gurs and of these two women.
So ist es, aber, so soll’s sein is a gift to the Illinois Holocaust Museum from Michael Froman. The exhibition and associated publication are generously underwritten by Dovie and Mike Horvitz.
We All Need Peace
Closes July 16, 2017
We need peace for the flowers. We need peace for the sky. We need peace for the children.
Through colorful, cut paper images from artist Ingrid Hess and writer Patti Vick, explore why we all need peace and find ways to be peacemakers in our world.
We All Need Peace was produced by Ingrid Hess.