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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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.

 

 

 

October 7 – 13: Sam Harris

*October 12 – Please note only 3 pm and 4 pm showings will be available to the public.

October 14 – 20: Pinchas Gutter

October 21 – 27: Aaron Elster

October 28 – November 3: Fritzie Fritzshall

November 4 – 10: Sam Harris

November 11 – 17: Pinchas Gutter

Free with Museum admission. Free for Members. 
Advance reservation recommended. 

 
 
 

 

Architecture Tour: Symbolic by Design

October 14 & 27, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

November 11 & 24, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

December 9 & 29, 11:00 – 12:00 pm

 

 

 

 

Life After Hate: Christian Picciolini

Thursday, October 11, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Author of White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement – and How I Got Out.

Christian Picciolini – an award-winning television producer, public speaker, author, peace advocate, and former violent extremist – speaks of his former devotion to hatred, what changed his outlook, and how he left the ranks of the White Supremacist movement he helped create during his youth.  A book signing follows the presentation.

Reservations required.  Free with Museum admission.

 

 

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Chicago YIVO Society: Grand Tango Duo: From Tango to Klezmer

Sunday, October 14, 1:30 – 3:00pm

Community Partner: Chicago YIVO Society

This special concert, honoring the memory of beloved Chicago music teacher Sarah Lazarus, features a performance by Carl Algermissen, piano, and Ethan Lazarus, cello.  Selections will include Tango music, Jewish music, and Klezmer music.

Non-members – $10.00

Museum Members – Free

Reservations required.

 

Friends, Fun & Games

Tuesday, October 16, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

 
SOLD OUT. To be placed on a waiting list, please contact Lisabeth at 847.967.4505 or email GameDay@ilhmec.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Community Building: Evening of Unity

Thursday, October 25, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

State Senator Julie Morrison invites us to explore the challenges faced by immigrant children in the U.S. today and how, together, we can help them. Rev. Dr. Norval Brown, Senior Pastor, Christ United Methodist Church, Deerfield, moderates a panel of local religious, legal, education, and social service leaders.

Panelists include:
Rabbi Jason Fenster, Assistant Rabbi, Congregation BJBE, Deerfield
Cristina Galan, ChildServe
Claudia Marchan, Executive Director, Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors
Erendira Rendon, Vice President, Immigrant Strategy and Advancement, The Resurrection Project
Angela Sisi, Director, Newcomer Center, District 214
George Van Dusen, Mayor of Skokie

Free to the public

Reservations required.

 

 

Survivor Speaker – Matus Stolov

Saturday, October 27, 12:30pm

Matus was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1928, the son of Polish Jewish parents. 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. A month later, a ghetto was established in Minsk. 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.

Free with admission. No reservations required.

 

FILM & DISCUSSION Chicago Premiere : NANA

Sunday, October 28, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

NANA is a feature-length transgenerational documentary. Filmmaker Serena Dykman retraces the Auschwitz survival story of her grandmother, Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant. Along with her mother, Serena explores how Maryla’s fight against intolerance can continue to combat intolerance, racism and antisemitism.

 A discussion with Serena Dykman follows the screening.

Reservations required. Free with admission.

 

 

 

Donald & Sue Pritzker Voices of Conscience Lecture – Mohammed Al Samawi, Justin Hefter and Daniel Pincus

Thursday, November 1, 2018 , 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Community Partners: Chicago Board of Rabbis, Children of Abraham Coalition, Interfaith Youth Core, Muslim Community Center, Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Presented by: Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Join us for a powerful conversation with Mohammed Al Samawi, author of The Fox Hunt, and Upstanders Justin Hefter and Daniel Pincus, as they share their remarkable connection of faith, hope and a harrowing escape.  

As a young Muslim growing up in Yemen, Mohammed Al Samawi became interested in  other religions. He connected with Christians and Jews on social media and then at  interfaith conferences outside of Yemen. But when his activism and promotion of interfaith dialogue brought death threats, he fled to the southern port city of Aden, which was about to become a major battleground in the Yemeni Civil War. As the war intensified, Al Samawi reached out to Facebook contacts he had met at the interfaith conferences. What followed was a remarkable effort on the part of four ordinary young people, including Justin Hefter and Daniel Pincus, to secure the release of a man they barely knew. Don’t miss this  illuminating story, and the inspiring reflections of three men who defied the odds to take a stand for humanity. Book Signing to Follow Program.

 

Moderated by John Sexton, President Emeritus, New York University,  Dean Emeritus,  Benjamin F. Butler Professor of Law

 

Community Partners: Chicago Board of Rabbis, Children of Abraham Coalition, Interfaith Youth Core, Muslim Community Center, Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Book Signing to Follow Program.

Moderated by John Sexton, President Emeritus, New York University, Dean Emeritus, Benjamin F. Butler Professor of Law

Tickets are $12 for members, and $15 for non-members.

 

 

FILM & DISCUSSION: U.S. ADVANCE SCREENING – THE GOOD NAZI

Sunday, November 4, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

The Good Nazi is a 50 minute television documentary that chronicles the scientific work of a joint US-Canadian-Israeli-Lithuanian research team in July, 2017 on a site, HKP 562, a Nazi labor camp on the outskirts of Vilnius where the largest number of Vilna Ghetto Jews survived thanks to the efforts of a compassionate Nazi Officer, Major Karl Plagge. Lead archaeologist for the project, Dr. Richard Freund of the University of Hartford, will provide insights.

Reservations required.  Free with admission.

 

KRISTALLNACHT COMMEMORATION – Distorting the Memory of the Shoah 

Wednesday, November 7, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Those who seek to discredit the facts of the Holocaust are a clear and present danger to the memory of the Shoah. Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs, Simon Wiesenthal Center,  will discuss these attempts to distort or whitewash history, and what can be done to diminish their impact.

Reservations required. Free to the public.

 

 

Survivor Speaker – Ernst K. Heimann

Sunday, November 11, 12:30pm

Ernst “Ernie” Heimann was born in 1929 in Mainz, Germany.  During Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938, Ernie’s school and synagogue was destroyed. In the aftermath of these events, his parents knew that they had to get Ernie out of Germany. On February 1, 1939, Ernie was placed on a Kindertransport to England. His maternal aunt, who lived in England and sponsored him, arranged for Ernie to live with an English family just outside of London. In September 1939, Ernie and others from his village were evacuated to the countryside because of the bombing in London. Ernie would remain in England for four years, until he came to the U.S. in 1943. 

Free with admission. No reservations required.

 

 

Family Program: Everyday Objects, Cherished Memories

Sunday, November 18, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Community Partners: Apachi J Camp Rogers Park; Apachi J Camp Skokie; Evanston Public Library; Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois; Teen@JUF; Skokie Public Library; Springboard

Everyday objects can become important family keepsakes, preserving shared history and cultural traditions to be passed on through generations.  Using photography, drawing, and storytelling techniques, put your own spin on a treasured family story. Bring a family keepsake, or a printed photo, and create a unique holiday gift to share with your loved ones. Facilitated by master storyteller Susan Stone and Amanda Friedeman.

Recommended for kids ages 8-12 and their favorite adults. Siblings welcome.

Free with Museum Admission

 

Survivor Speaker – Felix Weil

Saturday, November 24, 12:30pm

Felix Weil was both in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1927. As the situation deteriorated for Jews, particularly following Kristallnacht, Felix’s parents applied for places for their children on a Kindertransport. They received notification that Felix had been granted a place on what would turn out to be the second to last Kindertransport, departing just weeks before World War II began.

Upon arrival in London, a clerical error was discovered—the seat Felix had been given on the transport had been intended for a girl named Felicia, who was not related to him but had the same last name.

Felix spent the war living with a family in Northamptonshire. In 1945, he was able to join relatives in the US. In 1946, Felix was drafted, sent back to Germany with the US Army, and arrived in Frankfurt on a train that pulled up to the platform next to the one on which he had said goodbye to his family seven years earlier.

After completing his service with the Army, Felix moved to Dayton, Ohio, where he married and raised a family. Felix recently relocated to the Chicago area to be closer to his children and grandchildren.

Free with admission. No reservations required.

 

Lecture: Annual Pfeffer Family Forum

History Matters: Defining Holocaust Memory in Poland

Thursday, November 29, 6:30-8:00 pm

Community Partners: Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University; Princeton Club of Chicago; Midwest Center for Jewish Learning

Polish complicity in the Holocaust has been a subject of research and debate in Poland for decades. A turning point came in 2000, with the publication of the book “Neighbors” by sociologist and historian Jan T. Gross, which explored the 1941 massacre of Jews by Poles in the village of Jedwabne. The account shocked the country out of a long period of denial, and marked a watershed in the public debate about Polish-Jewish relations. Now, that idea is being challenged by the passage of a bill making it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity in Nazi crimes. Why is this happening? What unintended (or intended?) consequences does the world face with Poland’s move to protect a preferred view of history?

Moderated by Dr. Benjamin Frommer, Associate Professor, Northwestern University.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Free with Museum Admission.

Reservations required.

 

 

Live Performance: Original Production

Sunday, December 9, 2:00-3:30 pm

Writers Theatre presents an original dramatic work by Chicago-based playwright Isaac Gomez that weaves together Survivor testimonies, history, and stories behind objects featured in the exhibition Stories of Survival. A Q&A with Geoff Button, Associate Artistic Director of Writers Theatre, and the cast follows the performance.

Reservations Required.  Free to Members.

 

Book & Author- The Holocaust and North Africa

Thursday, December 13, 6:30 -8:00 pm

Muslim and Jewish politics, literature, and memory reflect what occurred across North Africa during World War II.  In cooperation with the Consulate General of Morocco in Chicago, we present Dr. Aomar Boum, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, who will discuss this pivotal episode in Holocaust history.  A book signing will follow.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

 

 

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE World Premiere – The Cambodian Genocide Through Theater & Music

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 2:00-3:30 pm

Artists from the Victory Gardens Theater production of Lauren Yee‘s Cambodian Rock Band discuss the music that inspired the show, and the process they used to develop the play.

Reservations required. Free with admission.

 

 

 

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