September 29, 2013-January 26, 2014

Victory Dress

With a vibrant display of period clothing, cleverly designed scarves, home décor, film footage and lively music of Britain in the World War II era, Keep Calm and Carry On offers a rare glimpse into a time when beauty (in measured amounts) was not frivolous—it was a patriotic duty!

While millions of British men and women served in the military overseas, England’s entire creative class mobilized to win the war at home. During this time of extreme hardship, rationing, and deprivation, textiles were put into service as designers created fashions to save on essential wartime materials, and injected style and beauty into the harsh realities of wartime life.

This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with the support of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf. The Golder Family Foundation is lead sponsor for all Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions. Additional local support provided by Rotarians for Peace, in honor of Rotarian Sir Nicholas Winton. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Victory Print dress, Britain, 1945
Arnold Lever for Jacqmar
Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Photography © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston



Located in the Second Floor Hall of Reflection Gallery

IHMEC Out of ChaosThe Hidden Children/Child Survivors Chicago group consists of local Jewish adults who were hidden during the Holocaust in order to survive. Like other child survivors, they are the last generation to have witnessed the Holocaust.

Each panel in this exhibition represents one of the twenty-four authors of the book Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust, published by Northwestern University Press. In the book, photographs accompany each of their personal stories and anecdotes which relate to their lives in Europe during the war.

This exhibition was generously underwritten by Olga M. Weiss.


Photo: Werner Rindsberg (later called Walter Reed) center and brothers Kurt and Herbert, Germany, about 1934. Both brothers were murdered in Poland in 1942.


Croatian Righteous Among the Nations: A Photographic History

Through January 5, 2014

Located in the Second Floor Balcony Gallery

Croatian Righteous Among the Nations

This poignant exhibition tells the story of the brave citizens of Croatia who, living under the Nazi puppet Ustashi regime, resisted fascist oppression and risked their lives to save Jews from persecution and murder.

The Righteous Among the Nations title is given by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. A special commission, headed by Supreme Court Justice of the State of Israel, bestows the title on each honoree. Rescuers receive a plaque of honor and medal and their names are engraved on the walls of the Garden of the Righteous.

By January 2013 over 24,000 Righteous men and women from 47 countries have been recognized and honored with that title; 109 among them are Croatian.

The exhibition was curated by Branka Sömen based on the book by Miriam Steiner-Aviezer “Hrvatski pravednici” (Croatian Righteous), Zagreb: Novi Liber, 2008.

The exhibition was organized by the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Chicago. Generous support for the exhibition was provided by Chicago Bulls Charities; Holland & Knight; Iron Financial, LLC; and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jakubowich.





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