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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Programs generously supported by the:





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 “Nazi hunters” in the Office of Special Investigations to bring to justice those Nazis who fled to the U.S. after World War II. Book signing to follow.







Free with Museum admission.

Reservations required.


Off-Site Event: Words Matter

Monday, November 18, 7:15 – 8:45 pm, at Loyola Academy

Co-sponsored by Loyola Academy and Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Please join us for this unforgettable evening as Holocaust Survivor and Museum President Fritzie Fritzshall and Cardinal Blase J. Cupich conduct an interfaith dialogue on the rising tide of antisemitism, racism, and xenophobia in the world today. This panel will include an appearance by Alan Krashesky, ABC7 Chicago news anchor and reporter, and will be moderated by Kelley Szany, Illinois Holocaust Museum Vice President of Education & Exhibitions.






Free to the public.

Reservations encouraged.


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 by Erich Lichtblau-Leskly. While in Theresienstadt, he drew and painted depictions of ghetto life, creating a moving testament to its 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.


Weekend Survivor Speaker: Sharrel Titelbaum

Saturday, November 30, 12:30 pm

Sharrel was born Sarah Leah Molly Matkowski in Linz am Danube, a DP Camp in Austria, in 1948. Her parents, who met in a DP camp, were both originally from Poland.

When the Nazis arrived in Sharrel’s mother’s village, they rounded up the Jews and announced that they would count to 100 and then begin shooting. Sharrel’s mother and aunt (her mother’s sister) ran into the woods, her aunt carrying her infant son. Sharrel’s mother spent the remainder of the war living in the forest with the partisans.

With the German occupation of Poland, Sharrel’s father joined the Polish Underground. He was captured by the Russians and deported to Siberia, where he was kept in solitary confinement. As the war dragged on, he was offered the opportunity to be released if he fought for the Red Army. He served in the army until he was able to desert and subsequently rejoined the Underground.


Free with Museum admission.

No 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; Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications 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 to 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.

Museum Board Member Richard A. Salomon will moderate the discussion.

Book signing to follow.





Free with Museum admission.

Reservations required.


Panel Discussion: Lodz Ghetto Through the Eyes of a Survivor

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

Supported by the Young Professional Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum.

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.

November 1 – 30: Eva Schloss

Free with Museum admission. 


Free for Members. 
Advance reservation recommended. 




Permanent Holocaust Exhibition Drop-In Tour

Hear the stories behind our permanent exhibition’s 500 artifacts, including personal items, photographs, and identification cards. Public tours of our permanent Holocaust exhibition take place every Wednesday at 2 PM and last approximately 90 minutes.

Holocaust Exhibition Tours also begin at 2 PM on:

  • November 30
  • December 8 & 28


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