Most programs are free with Museum admission or membership. Reservations are required for all programs. (Exceptions noted.)
Interactive Survivor Experience
Every Saturday | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ask the life-size video projection of Holocaust Survivor Pinchas Gutter any question, and natural language technology allows him to respond to you as if he were in the room!
Pinchas will not be available June 25, July 30, August 27, or September 24, October 29, November 28, and December 26.
Museum Architecture Tour: Symbolic By Design
July 30, August 14 & 27, September 11 & 24 | 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: In Our Voices
July 30, August 14 & 27, September 11 & 24| 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Take advantage of these unique opportunities to hear Holocaust Survivors tell their stories in person and answer audience questions.
Saturday, July 30 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Matus was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1928, the son of Polish Jewish parents who had fled to Russia after the 1917 revolution to build the socialist utopia. When Germany invaded in June 1941, Matus, his mother, and his older brother tried to escape eastward. They ran for a train and the two sons were able to jump aboard; when the mother couldn’t make it, Matus jumped down and stayed with her. In July, a ghetto was established in Minsk containing 100,000 Jews from the region and later 35,000 Jews deported from Germany, Bohemia, and Moravia. By the fall of 1942, Matus’ aunt arranged for false papers for Matus and his mother through the underground. Walking at night, they eventually reached the partisans but were sent with a group of underground fighters into the unoccupied zone of the Soviet Union. Walking for over a month and eating whatever food they could find, they eventually crossed the front line and met Soviet soldiers who effectively liberated them. After the war, they returned to Minsk and Matus resumed his education. Despite obstacles because he was Jewish, he became an engineer. After deciding to emigrate as a refusenik, the family was increasingly persecuted until finally being allowed to leave. The Stolov family arrived in Chicago in April 1982 on the second day of Passover and celebrated their first seder.
Film & Discussion: Liga Terezín
Thursday, July 28 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
A deeply moving documentary that tells the story of a soccer league that played in the Terezín ghetto. Thousands of spectators watched as these players escaped the reality of their difficult lives filled with hunger, sickness, and death, all while living in fear of the transports.
This event is at capacity, and we are no longer accepting reservations.
Family Art Workshop: We All Need Peace
Sunday, July 31 | 11:00 – 12:30 pm
What does a peaceful world look like? Why do we need peace?
Children ages 4-10 and their families can ponder these questions while viewing the art featured in the Museum’s new We All Need Peace children’s exhibition. Participants will create peace-inspired works of art and share ways that they can be peacemakers at school, on the playground, and in their daily lives. Presented by exhibition creators Ingrid Hess and Patti Vick.
Summer Benefit: Stand-Up Soiree
Thursday, August 11 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Montgomery Club, 500 West Superior, Chicago
Celebrate summer with a fun evening of fine fare by
Gibson’s, entertainment by comedian Gary Gulman,
a luxury silent auction, and raffle prizes including Chicago
Blackhawks seats on the glass, first-class United Airlines
tickets, and Chicago Cubs spring training tickets.Tickets start at $150
Live Performance: “Chiune Sugihara: Unsung Hero of the Holocaust”
Sunday, August 21 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara saved thousands during the Holocaust by issuing visas that allowed them to leave Lithuania. This imaginative and compelling performance by Genesis Theatrical Productions’ actor Dwight Sora tells the little-known story of an unlikely hero and portrays a courageous Japanese national who risked everything to save his fellow man.
Community Partners | Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago – Japanese American Service Committee
Museum Exclusive: Secrets of the Collection
Sunday, September 11 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Did you know that our Museum has over 27,000 items in its collection? But only a fraction of these treasures can be displayed at any given time. Meet the Museum’s Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger; Curatorial Assistant, Jacob Slutsky; and collection donor Linda Heimann; and view items from the Elias and Heimann families that illuminate family life in Western Germany prior to World War I. On view will be wimpels, notgeld notes, World War I postcards, and Bavarian Army photographs, as well as materials documenting the the Heimann’s history after they moved to Chicago’s South Side.
Donald & Sue Pritzker Voices of Conscience Lecture Series: Father Patrick Desbois
Sunday, September 18 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Event Location: Niles North Auditorium, Skokie, IL, 9800 Lawler Road, Skokie, IL.
“The assassins never imagined that 70 years later, men and women motivated by a quest for the truth would interview eyewitnesses to the killings of Jews and Roma. To all those who commit genocide we say: sooner or later, wherever the mass murder of humans has taken place, someone will return.” –Rev. Patrick Desbois
Since 2001, Father Patrick Desbois, a French-Catholic priest, has led a truly historic undertaking of identifying and locating undiscovered mass graves of Jews killed during the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. In 2004, he began to research the story of the Jews, Roma, and other victims murdered in Eastern Europe during WWII by the Nazi mobile killing units, the Einsatzgruppen. Learn about Father Desbois, featured twice on “60 Minutes” and author of Holocaust by Bullets, and hear him recount his personal journey to preserve the memory of entire communities that were murdered. Father Desbois’ work seeks to advance understanding of crimes committed during the Holocaust by gathering historical, anthropological, psychological, and legal evidence, and through interviews with witnesses before they are gone.
$20 General; $10 Members. Reservations Required
The Voices of Conscience Lecture Series is dedicated in memory of Donald and Sue Pritzker, whose legacy of human decency and integrity continues in the promotion of civil and human rights. Its purpose is to educate the public and serve as a catalyst for intergroup dialogue about the Holocaust, genocide and human rights issues.
Community Partners: Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education – Loyola University of Chicago; AJC Chicago; Aurora University; College of Arts and Science – Northeastern Illinois University; Holocaust Community Services; CJE SeniorLife; Illinois Holocaust & Genocide Commission; L ’Chaim Center; Niles North High School; Office of Catholic Schools – Archdiocese of Chicago; Office of Human Dignity – Archdiocese of Joliet; Russian Jewish Division of the Jewish United Fund; Sheil Catholic Center – Northwestern University
Exhibition Opening Event: Women Hold Up Half the Sky
Sunday, September 25 | 2:00 – 3:00pm
One of the central moral challenges of the 21st century—full equality for the world’s women—is addressed through compelling stories in this powerful exhibition that illustrates how ordinary people are leading the way to fight oppression.
A keynote speaker will discuss maternal health,human trafficking, and gender violence.
Co-Presented with YWCA Northshore/Evanston
Presenting Sponsor: The Allstate Foundation
Supporting Sponsors; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lance & Brenda Feis
Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency