Most programs are free with Museum admission or membership. Reservations are required for all programs. (Exceptions noted.) Please note that program fees are nonrefundable.
Interactive Survivor Experience
*Most Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 – 3:00 pm
Ask the life-like projection of local Holocaust Survivors Fritzie Fritzshall, Aaron Elster or Sam Harris any question, and voice recognition technology allows the recording to respond as if the Survivor is in the room!
*Not available August 27
Museum Architecture Tour: Symbolic By Design
Second Sunday and Last Saturday of the month | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
See how renowned architect Stanley Tigerman infused each space in the Museum with historical and emotional symbolism.
Survivor Talk: Mitchell Winthrop
Saturday, August, 26 | 12:30 pm
Mitchell Winthrop was born Mietek Weintraub in Lodz, Poland. At the age of only 13, he and his family were forced into the Lodz ghetto upon its formation in February 1940. Mitchell worked as a carpenter and in an electrical plant. Although schools were forbidden, he and other teenagers were able to take clandestine classes, studying math and science such as metallurgy.
Hear Mitchell tell more of his fascinating story on August 26. His memoir, The Arrival: I Sought God in Hell, will also be available in the Legacy Shop.
Special Presentation – Romani Life: Then and Now
Sunday, August 27 | 2:00 -3:30 pm
Under the Nazi regime, 75% of Europe’s Roma and Sinti, commonly referred to as Gypsies, were killed. Linguist and Romani scholar, Dr. Ian Hancock, professor at University of Texas at Austin, will discuss the experience of the Roma during the Holocaust, the persistence of prejudice, and the current struggle of the Romani peoples. Dr. Danny M. Cohen, Northwestern University and Founder of Unsilence, will moderate.
Community Partner: Texas Exes – Chicago Chapter; Unsilence
Film & Discussion: The Last Waltz
Sunday, September 10 | 2:00-4:30 pm
This Martin Scorsese documentary captures the final concert of the Canadian-American musical group, The Band, in a star-studded farewell performance at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, November 25, 1976. Music legends including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters are featured in the film. A post-screening discussion with Columbia College faculty Ron Falzone and Rami Gabriel will take place.
Community Partner: Columbia College Chicago’s Development and Alumni Relations office
Survivor Talk: George Rosenbaum
Sunday, September 10, 12:30 pm
Born in Vienna in 1930, George enjoyed a comfortable life in Austria. On March 12, 1938, his governess took him to watch “a parade”—the Anschluss—and George witnessed 1 million Viennese cheering as thousands of German soldiers and ranking Nazi officials, including Hitler, entered the capital. His family received an exit visa and fled Austria just before Kristallnacht, arriving in Chicago on December 26, 1938.
Family Program: Posters that Rock!
Sunday, September 24 | 11:00 – 2:00 pm
Kids and adults alike will work together to screen print a rock poster with Jay Ryan, a poster maker and musician who will also share how current rock concert poster design ideas come to life.
*Space is limited. Registration is required to ensure printing materials are available for all participants.
Recommended for ages 8+.
History of Rock & Soul: Music for Social Change
Sunday October, 1, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm
From rock to soul to rap, music has the power to become the sound track of social change. Join Terri Hemmert, as she spotlights musicians who have responded to social issues through their music.
Survivor Talk: Edith Schumer
Sunday October 8 | 12:30 pm
Edith was born in Stockstadt, Germany, in 1925. Like Bill Graham—the subject of the Museum’s rock & roll exhibition—Edith was one of the “1,000 children,” a group of approximately 1,400 German Jewish children who were allowed to come unaccompanied to the United States via an organized rescue effort that occurred nine months prior to the start of World War II.
Edith eventually settled in Chicago. Her daughter, Fern, has published several books based on her mother’s experience including “Motherland: Beyond the Holocaust.”
Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency