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



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.






Pfeffer Family Forum: Confronting Murder:

The Jewish “Sonderkommando” of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Thursday, December 7 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Dr. Gideon Greif is the author of We Wept Without Tears, the result of groundbreaking research on the complex role of the Sonderkommando.  The book inspired Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes to create the 2016 Academy Awarding winning “Son of Saul.”

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Free with Museum admission.  Reservations required.

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Community Partners: CJE Senior Life/Holocaust Community Services and Holocaust Educational Foundation, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, and The Consulate General of Hungary- Chicago  



Survivor Talk: Steen Metz

Sunday, December 10 | 12:30 pm

Steen Metz was born in Odense, Denmark, in 1935. In the fall of 1943, approximately 450 Danish Jews (about 5% of the country’s Jewish population) were rounded up and sent to Terezin (Theresienstadt), including Steen and his parents. Steen’s father died of starvation after six months, and Steen and his mother remained in Terezin for eighteen months. In April, 1945, the Swedish Red Cross picked up 423 surviving Danish Jews from Terezin, including Steen and his mother, and brought them to Copenhagen. The camp was liberated less than a month later. Steen and his mother remained in Denmark, where he completed his education before immigrating to Canada and then the United States.

Hear Steen’s story firsthand on December 10.


Special Presentation: Romani Life: Then and Now

Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Under the Nazi regime, 75% of Europe’s Roma and Sinti, commonly referred to as Gypsies, were killed.

Join us as linguist and Romani scholar Dr. Ian Hancock, professor at University of Texas at Austin, discusses the experience of the Roma during the Holocaust, the persistence of prejudice, and the current struggle of the Romani peoples.

Kelley Szany, Illinois Holocaust Museum Director of Education, will moderate.

Community Partner: Texas Exes – Chicago Chapter

Free with Museum admission.

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American Experience: Summer of Love

Thursday, December 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Summer of Love is a striking picture of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district during the summer of 1967 — from the utopian beginnings, when peace and love prevailed, to the chaos, unsanitary conditions, and widespread drug use that ultimately signaled the end.

In January 1967, the thousands of youth already in San Francisco descended on Golden Gate Park for a Human Be-In. The media flocked to the event, putting hippies in the national spotlight for the first time. And once the press offered a window into the world of Haight Ashbury, even more young people flooded in. “The city of San Francisco has been warned of a hippie invasion come summer in numbers almost too staggering to comprehend,” declared one TV news reporter.

The Summer of Love was a fleeting moment in the turbulent history of the 1960s. But its underlying message left an indelible impression on those who witnessed it.

Free to the public.

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Winter Break Family Promotion: Kids & Students Visit FREE

Tuesday, December 26 – Sunday, January 8

This winter break, kids and students can visit Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, and all other Museum exhibitions free of charge. There must be at least one paid adult present, and the offer can be redeemed by mentioning this Winter Break Promotion at the admissions window at the Museum.

This offer does not apply to field trips, group tours, or public programs that require reservations.




Survivor Talk: Magda Brown

Saturday, December 30 | 12:30 pm

Magda Brown grew up in Miskolc, Hungary, during the rise of Nazi power. In 1944, when she was 17 years old, Magda was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau on one of the final transports to Auschwitz along with her entire family. She spent over a year working in labor camps, before being liberated by the Sixth Armored Division of the US Army.

Hear Magda’s experiences and story for yourself on December 30.



Special Event: A Brief History of the Tuskegee Airmen

Thursday, January 11 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Learn about the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen– African-American military pilots who fought in World War II — from Dr. Daniel L. Haulman, Chief, Organizational History Division, at the Air Force Historical Research Agency.  Author of five books on the topic of aviation history, Dr. Haulman’s expertise has been utilized as technical consultant for both documentary and feature films on the Tuskegee Airmen.

Free with Museum Admission.

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Survivor Talk:

Sunday, January 14 | 12:30 -1:30 PM



Young Professional Committee Presents: Tyler Hilton

Thursday, January 25 | 7:00 – 11:00 pm

Park West, 322 West Armitage Ave, Chicago

Rock out with the Young Professional Committee as they present an exclusive live performance by Tyler Hilton, singer/songwriter and actor.

Rolling Stone magazine as compared Tyler to his contemporary, Howie Day, while others have compared Hilton to Elton John, both vocally and instrumentally. Tyler’s popular acting roles include Chris Keller on CW’s One Tree Hill, and Elvis Presley in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line.

Tickets include an open bar package and start at $100.

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Survivor Talk:

Saturday, January 27 | 12:30 -1:30 PM

When Ralph Rehbock was born on July 11, 1934, in Gotha, Germany, the Nazis had already been ruling the country for more than a year.  Anti-Semitism was growing; daily life became harder and harder for Jewish people. 

In December 1938, after synagogues were burned and Jewish businesses destroyed the previous month during “Kristallnacht,” Ralph and his family fled to America.  Thanks to this decision the family escaped death in Germany.



International Day of Holocaust Remembrance: The New Music Studio at Terezin

Sunday, January 28 | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Conductor Murry Sidlin, President and Creative Director of the Defiant Requiem Foundation, provides an overview of about twenty composers who created many works at Terezin, the “model” ghetto/concentration camp established by the Nazis outside of Prague.  Maestro Sidlin shares recorded examples of their music of longing, fate, hidden messages, eyewitnesses, pure entertainment and heartbreak.

Free with Museum admission.

Community Partners: Hadassah Chicago – North Shore, The Music Institute of Chicago

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Exhibition Opening: Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World

Sunday, February 4 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Don’t miss a powerful exhibit that highlights the experiences of nearly 50 cou­rageous Upstanders from around the world to educate visitors about human rights, and urge them to take action.

The exhibit features photography by Pulitzer-Prize winning photojour­nalist Eddie Adams from the book Speak Truth to Power, written by Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

During this opening event, Kennedy provides keynote remarks, sharing insights from her own book, and her fami­ly’s storied tradition of public service.

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Survivor Talk:

Sunday, February 11 | 12:30 -1:30 PM


Film & Discussion: BESA: The Promise

Sunday, February 11 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Acting upon their code of honor, Muslim men and women saved nearly all of Albania’s Jewish population in World War II.  This film tells the stories of these heroes through two men: photographer Norman Gershman, who documented first-person accounts of the rescuers, and Muslim-Albanian Rexhep Hoxha, son of a rescuer.

A discussion follows.

Free with Museum admission.

Community Partners: Albanian American Women’s Association of Greater Chicago, Coming Together Skokie

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Survivor Talk:

Saturday, February 24 | 12:30 -1:30 PM


Live Performance: We Are the White Rose: Teen Voices of Resistance

Sunday, February 25 | 2:00 -3:30 PM

Local high school students perform an original play based on contemporary upstanders, and the courageous student resistance movement, the “White Rose,” one of the few German groups that spoke out against Nazi genocidal policies during the holocaust.

A talk back with the cast follows.

Free with Museum admission.

Community Partner: Skokie Public Library

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Book & Author: The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust

Sunday, March 4 | 2:00 -3:30 PM

Amos N. Guiora, University of Utah law professor and retired lieutenant colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, uses lessons learned from the Holocaust to show the consequences of non-intervention in this recent book, The Crime of Complicity.  Guiora brings the issue into current perspective with such examples as sexual assaults on campus and other cases.

A book signing follows.

Free with Museum admission.

Community Partner: Anti-Defamation League

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Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Wednesday, March 7 | 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Join us for one of Chicago’s largest gatherings of Holocaust Survivors and hear from keynote speaker The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1997-2007).

The Museum presents the Humanitarian Awards to Mitchell Feiger, President & CEO, MB Financial, INC.; and Pamela L. Netzky, Founder & Former President, Skinnypop Popcorn, now Amplify Snack Brands; and the Distinguished Community Leadership Award to the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, represented by David D. Hiller, President & CEO.

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Film Festival: JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, March 11 | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

The fifth annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival features the finest in recent film offerings with Jewish themes.  See one, two or more feature or documentary films, each followed by an audience discussion. 

1945 | View Trailer| Reserve my spot>

Destination Unknown |View Trailer | Reserve my spot>

Vitch | View Trailer |  Reserve my spot>

Zuzana: Music Is Life| View Trailer | Reserve my spot>

Tickets: $13 adults, $11 seniors and students.

Please call 847.763.3507 with questions.

Community Partner: JCC Chicago



Live Performance: Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark

Late March

In partnership with Lookingglass Theatre Company, we present for one evening only Ariel Dorfman’s play Voices from Beyond the Dark, based on interviews Kerry Kennedy conducted with a wide range of world activists for her book Speak Truth to Power.  This powerful drama that examines how evil can be overcome with determination and knowledge will be performed by some of Chicago’s finest actors.

Ticketing information TBA


Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency


IL Arts Council






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