Events

Most programs are free with Museum admission or membership. Reservations are required for all programs. (Exceptions noted.) Please note that program fees are nonrefundable.

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10th Anniversary Soirée hosted by the Women’s Leadership Committee

Thursday, September 19, 6:00-9:00 pm

Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan Street, Chicago

A partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

Join us for fabulous food, drink, entertainment, and a silent auction not to be missed!

Supporting Illinois Holocaust Museum is more important than ever, as there has been a 22% increase in neo-Nazi groups and a 17% increase in hate crimes nationwide.* Together we will change these statistics.

Tickets on sale now $175 each; after 8.15.19, $200 each

Call 847.967.4821 for tickets or more information.

*2017 FBI “Hate Crime Statistics” Report

 

 

 

Exhibition Opening: Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross

Sunday, September 22, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Supporting Sponsors: Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, Brenda and lance Feis, Womens’s Leadership Committee of the Illinois Holocaust Museum

Contributing Sponsor: Carol Maxon

Additional Funders: Magnus Charitable Trust, Golder Family Foundation, Susan and Richard Welleck

Community Partners: Museum of Contemporary Photography, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, Chicago Jewish Historical Society, American Society of Media Photographers Chicago/Midwest

Media Sponsors: Chicago Tribune, WBEZ, WGN9

Memory Unearthed offers an extraordinarily rare glimpse of resistance inside the Lodz Ghetto during WWII, through the lens of Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross.  In 1940, Ross was confined the Lodz Ghetto and put to work as a bureaucratic photographer taking official photographs for Jewish identification cards and Nazi propaganda.  Unofficially, and forbidden from doing so, Ross risked his life to document the realities of life in the ghetto.  After liberation, Ross recovered more than 3,000 negatives, buried before the ghetto was liquidated.  Memory Unearthed presents more than 300 of Ross’s powerful photographs, comprising a realistic and intimate visual record of the Holocaust.

The opening program will feature a panel discussion with exhibition curator Maia-Mari Sutnik, Curator Emeritus, Photography, the Art Gallery of Ontario; and Judith Cohen, Chief Acquisitions Curator, USHMM.

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required

 

Weekend Survivor Speaker: Ralph Rehbock

Saturday, September 28, 12:30 pm

Ralph Rehbock was born in Gotha, Germany. In December 1938, after synagogues were burned and Jewish businesses destroyed during “Kristallnacht,” Ralph and his family fled to America, in part due to a daring, last-minute decision by his mother. With a great story of luck and chance, this decision allowed the family to escape death in Germany.

No reservations required

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never Heard, Never Forget: Holocaust in the former Soviet Union


Sunday, October 6, 2019, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Co-presented with:  Holocaust Community Services/CJE Senior Life

78 years after the Babiy Yar Massacre, a special program will feature author and Chicago Tribune columnist Howard Reich and book signings by Survivors showcased in Never Heard ~ Never Forget, a joint publication of Holocaust Community Services, Illinois Holocaust Museum, and Reklama.

 

 

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

For reservations, call 773.508.1159

 

 

 

Chicago YIVO Society Sarah Lazarus Memorial Concert 
“The Ancient Law”:  A Cine-Concert featuring Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 1:30-4:00pm

Community Partners: Goethe-Institut Chicago, The People’s Music School

This concert, honoring the memory of beloved Chicago music teacher Sarah Lazarus, combines a screening of the recently restored 1923 Weimar silent cinema classic, “The Ancient Law,” with a live original score performed by Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and pianist/composer Donald Sosin.

 

 

 

Non-Member Tickets: $10

Free to Museum members

Reservations required

 

 

 

The Perils and Purpose of Photojournalism: An Evening with Greg Constantine

Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Community Partners: Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University; Museum of Contemporary Photography; Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest; Chicago Jewish Historical Society; American Society of Media Photographers Chicago/Midwest

Documentary photographer Greg Constantine has traveled the globe to capture images and stories related to human rights, injustice and inequality. His long term project, Nowhere People, took over a decade to complete and documents the struggles and plight of stateless communities around the world arbitrarily denied and stripped of their citizenship. Showing examples of his work, Greg will describe some of his most memorable encounters, and we will examine how such photos may serve as a call to action. An exhibition of work from Constantine’s new project, titled Seven Doors, exploring and exposing the impact and trauma of immigration detention in the United States will open at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery on October 17th. 

Photo credit: (c) Greg Constantine.

Free with Museum admission

Reservations required

 

 

 

SOLD OUT: 3rd Annual Friends, Fun & Games Day

Tuesday, October 15, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for Friends, Fun & Games. Enjoy an afternoon of “maj”, canasta or other games, lunch and of course, candy. Play with your regular group or make some new friends in this non-tournament game day. Registration is limited so don’t wait. (Please bring your own mahjong sets, cards or other games.)

Reservations required.

Non-Member Tickets – $85*

Member tickets – $75

*Includes a one year complimentary individual membership ($40 value)

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Thank you for your support of the Museum!

For questions or concerns, please call Allie Block at 847.967.4850.

 

Donald and Sue Pritzker Voices of Conscience Lecture
Footsteps of My Father: An Evening with Pastor Chris Edmonds

Thursday, October 17, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Community Partners:  84th Training Division  – Great Lakes Training Division at Fort Sheridan, Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs, Jewish War Veterans of Illinois, Naval Station Great Lakes

Pastor Chris Edmonds is the son of WWII hero Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, whose extraordinary courage saved the lives of more than 200 Jewish American soldiers in a prisoner of war camp in Germany.  In 2016, Roddie Edmonds was posthumously recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.  He was the fifth American to be recognized and to date the only American soldier awarded this honor.  As founder of Roddie’s Code, Pastor Chris is committed to extending the legacy and leadership of Sgt. Edmonds by inspiring heroes everywhere to enjoy life and express love, while working towards a better world.

Reservations required.

Non-Member Tickets – $15

Member Tickets – $10

Students – $5

Teachers – $5

Military/Veterans – $0

 

 

Never Again? Confronting Global Antisemitism

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Presenting Sponsor: Hochberg Family Foundation

Community Partner: Consulate General of France to the Midwest

An Evening with Sylvain Maillard, MP, French National Assembly and Chairman, Committee on Antisemitism. 

The world has changed dramatically since the Holocaust. Tragically, the human capacity for inhumanity has not. Antisemitism and other hatred are on the rise worldwide. Join us for a thought-provoking program that explores the current challenges of global antisemitism and the actions we can take to respond.

Panel Discussion to follow Keynote:

Marta Kubica, Director, European Leadership Network Poland

Sylvain Maillard, MP, French National Assembly and Chairman, Committee on Antisemitism

David Siegel, President-Elect of the Friends of the European Leadership Network, Former Consul General of Israel to the Southwest United States

Moderator: Kelley Szany, VP of Education & Exhibition, Illinois Holocaust Museum

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required

 

 

 

 

 

Premiere: The Tattooed Torah

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:30-8:00 pm

Community Partners: Women’s Leadership Committee; Solomon Schechter Day Schools

Be among the first to see the new animated adaptation of The Tattooed Torah, beloved children’s book by Marvell Ginsburg, and celebrate the premiere with a screening, reception, and Q&A with members of the film’s production team. 

 

                                        

                           

Free with Museum admission

Reservations required

 

Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition Resistance Gallery Opening

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Community Partner: Chicago Jewish Historical Society

Explore the new additions with a focus on Jewish resistance during the Holocaust, and hear from Mitch Braff, founder and executive director of the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation; and Rachel L. Einwohner, Purdue University professor.

These galleries are made possible with the generous support of Harvey L. Miller and Jack Miller, in loving memory of their parents, Ida and Ben Miller, and their brother Arnold Miller.

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Ellen V. and Philip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series 
Kristallnacht – Beginning of the End, End of the Beginning

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:30-8:00pm

The Museum is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

Join us as we commemorate the 81st anniversary of the “Night of Broken Glass” with a program of remembrance, featuring a cantorial performance by Hazzan Benjamin A. Tisser, and a performance of “Silenced Voices” by Black Oak Ensemble. This emotionally-charged selection of recently uncovered string trio pieces were all penned by Jewish composers – all but one of whom perished in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

 

 

Book & Author
Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America

Sunday, November 17, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Community Partners: Association of Descendants of the Shoah – Illinois, Sheerit Hapleitah of Metropolitan Chicago

Debbie Cenziper, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post investigative reporter, discusses efforts by the Office of Special Investigations within the U.S. Department of Justice to bring to justice  Nazis who fled to the U.S. after World War II. Book signing to follow.

Free with Museum admission

Reservations required

 

 

They Shall Be Counted:  The Theresienstadt Ghetto Art of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Supporting Sponsors: Illinois Arts Council Agency, Golder Family Foundation

Community Partner: Chicago Toy & Game Group

They Shall Be Counted is an illustrated diary created by Erich Lichtblau-Leskly. While in Theresienstadt, he drew and painted depictions of ghetto life, a moving testament to the daily lives of residents. Join us as we open this gallery with Illinois Holocaust Museum Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, who will share insights into Lichtblau-Leskly’s illustrations.

The opening program will also include a conversation with Holocaust survivor and toy inventor Ivan Moscovich, another powerful example of how art and imagination serve as a form of resistance.

This exhibition is on loan from Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Free with Museum admission

Reservations required

 

 

Film & Discussion: Memories of the Eichmann Trial

Sunday, November 24, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Community Partners: Museum of Contemporary Photography; Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest; Chicago Jewish Historical Society; American Society of Media Photographers Chicago/Midwest

This 1979 film by Israeli documentarian David Perlov offers reminiscences by trial witnesses, Holocaust survivors, and others directly involved in the Eichmann case. The film also includes an appearance from Memory Unearthed exhibit photographer Henryk Ross, whose photographs were submitted as evidence against Eichmann.

Free with Museum admission

Reservations required

 

Pfeffer Family Forum
Propaganda, Power, and Persuasion:  Creating, Defining, and Targeting “The Enemy” Through History to Today


Thursday, December 5, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Community Partners: ADL, Christian Picciolini, Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University

Propaganda came of age in the 20th century, and in the 1930s, it was used by Nazis to shape the beliefs and attitudes of the German public. Today, extremist speech continues to spark violence. David Welch, Director of the Centre for the Study of Propaganda and War at the University of Kent (England), will speak tp the power and perils of propaganda throughout history, and the reasons why combating it today is so critical.

Free with Museum admission

Reservations required

 

Book & Author
Elizabeth Rosner, Survivor Café:  The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory


Sunday, December 8, 2019, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Community Partners: Museum of Contemporary Photography, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, Chicago Jewish Historical Society, American Society of Media Photographers Chicago/Midwest

Over three decades, Elizabeth Rosner accompanied her father on three trips back to Buchenwald. These trips served as the basis for her critically acclaimed book, Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory.

Ms. Rosner’s appearance will be moderated by Illinois Holocaust Museum Board Member Richard A. Salomon.

Free with Museum admission

Reservations required

 

Panel Discussion: Lodz Ghetto Through the Eyes of a Survivor


Sunday, December 15, 2019, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Community Partners: Association of Descendants of the Shoah – Illinois; Museum of Contemporary Photography; Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest; Chicago Jewish Historical Society; American Society of Media Photographers Chicago/Midwest; Sheerit Hapleitah of Metropolitan Chicago

Henryk Ross’ striking photographs give us glimpses of life—and death—in the Lodz Ghetto under Nazi occupation in World War II.  Join us to hear the personal stories and firsthand testimony from members of Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Speakers’ Bureau who once called Lodz their home, lending new meaning to Ross’ photography.

Free with Museum admission

Reservations required

 

 

What Can A Hologram Tell You About the Holocaust?

Experience the first interactive 3D exhibit of its kind. Get real responses to real questions from the holograms of real Holocaust Survivors in the new Take a Stand Center.

WEEKDAYS & WEEKENDS (every hour 11 am – 4 pm), with additional screenings THURSDAYS at 5:30 pm and WEEKENDS at 10:15 am.

September 1 – 30: Sam Harris
October 1 – 31: Pinchas Gutter

Free with Museum admission. 

Free for Members. 
Advance reservation recommended. 

 

 

 

Permanent Holocaust Exhibition Drop-In Tour

Public tours of our permanent Holocaust exhibition are available to Museum visitors on a drop-in basis. Hear the stories behind 500 artifacts, including personal items, photographs, and identification cards.

The drop-in tour begins at 2:00 p.m. daily and lasts 90 minutes. On weekends, drop-in tours begin at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. You may sign up at the information desk upon arrival. The drop-in tour is first-come, first-serve. Space is limited and drop-in tours can fill to capacity, particularly on our free admission days. On our free admission days, drop-in tours begin at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Free admission days through 2019 are listed below.

 

  • Tuesday, September 10
  • Thursday, October 10
  • Sunday, November 10
  • Tuesday, December 10

Visitors to the Museum may notice minor construction in our permanent Holocaust exhibition. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Architecture Tour: Symbolic by Design

September 21, 11:00 – 12:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

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