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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Weekend Survivor Speaker

Saturday, January 25, 12:30pm

Felix Weil was born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1927, where he lived a comfortable life with his parents and sister. 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 and should report to the train station on August 10, 1939. This turned out to be the second to last Kindertransport, as the war began a few weeks later. After saying goodbye on the train platform, Felix never saw his family again.

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, and he describes it as a pleasant experience. 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.

 

 Commemoration: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

“Who Said It Would Be Easy?”: The Congresswoman Who Brought Nazis to Justice

Monday, January 27, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Philip L. and Ellen V. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series

Presented in cooperation with CANDLES Holocaust Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana.

When Elizabeth Holtzman became the youngest woman in American history elected to Congress, she hadn’t spent much time thinking about Nazi war criminals. But when a whistleblower revealed that these perpetrators were living in the United States – and that the federal government had full knowledge of their crimes – the junior Congresswoman used the power of her office to serve justice. Join us as Congresswoman Holtzman shares how her landmark legislation led to the investigation and deportation of dozens of Nazi war criminals. Illinois Holocaust Museum Board Member Rick Salomon will be interviewing. 

 

 

 

 

Reservations required

Free to the Public

 

 

Members-Only Preview

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

VIP Member Access: Saturday, February 8, 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Member Access: Saturday, February 8, 12:00 – 5:00 pm

For members at the sponsor level or above ($500+), we will offer exclusive access to the exhibition and “highlights” tours with our Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, at 10:15, 10:45, and 11:15 am.

If you are a sponsor level member or would like to become one, please call 847.967.4821, and our Development Team will register you for this special event.

With Member Access, members will enjoy early access to the exhibition and docent-guided tours of Notorious RBG on a first-come, first-serve basis. The member preview does not require advance reservations. Docent-guided tours will take place each half-hour, beginning at 12:30 pm.

Members will receive a wristband from admissions to access the exhibition.

 

Free to Museum members.

No reservations required.

 

Exhibition Opening

Sold Out: Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Public Opening Program: Sunday, February 9, 2:00 -3:30 pm

In the exhibition’s opening program, the authors of Notorious RBG, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, will share the story of how a Tumblr blog inspired by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg exploded into a cultural obsession – including fashion accessories, a fitness regimen, and memes – and birthed one of America’s most unlikely popular icons. Book signing to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

This program has sold out.  Although the opening program has reached capacity, we encourage you to visit the exhibition and check out all of our other RBG exhibit-related programming!

 

Film & Discussion
The Six Triple Eight: No Mail, Low Morale

Thursday, February 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Community Partners: First Division Museum; DuSable Museum of African American History

In February 1945, the U.S. Army sent 855 black women from the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the SixTripleEight, was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during WWII. Despite racism and sexism from leadership and troops, they served with honor and distinction, completing their mission in six months. By war’s end, the SixTripleEight had cleared over 17 million pieces of backlogged mail, allowing troops to stay in touch with their loved ones. They were never fully recognized – until now. Post-screening discussion with retired U.S. Army Colonel Krewasky A. Salter to follow.

 

 

 

Free with Museum admission.

Reservations required.

 

Live Performance
Sneak Peek: Two Remain

Thursday, February 20, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Chicago Fringe Opera presents a preview of Jake Heggie and Gene Sheer’s new opera, Two Remain. Based on the lives of Holocaust Survivors Gad Beck and Krystyna Zywulska (born Sonia Landau), this opera explores the haunting scar of what it means to be left behind. Discussion with performers and members of the production team to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

Free with Museum admission.

Reservations required.

 

Panel Discussion

Coming Together in Skokie: “When We Arrived”: Our Diverse Population in Niles Township

Sunday, February 23, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Community Partners: Human Relations Commission of Skokie; Human Relations Commission of Lincolnwood

What does “the American Dream” mean to you? Hear personal stories from a panel representing various waves of immigration to Skokie-Niles Township. A presentation by local historian Richard J. Witry, co-author of Skokie (Images of America series) will complement the panel.

 

 

 

 

 

Free to the public.

Reservations required.

 

Film & Discussion

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, March 1, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Community Partner: JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival

The seventh annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival features recently-released Jewish feature-length and documentary films, with audience talk-backs after each screening.  This year’s anticipated titles include:

 

 

 

10:30 am – 12: 50 pm: A Bag of Marbles (feature film): This is the true story of two young Jewish brothers in German-occupied France who with a mind-boggling mix of courage and ingenuity are forced to fend for themselves in order to survive the enemy invasion and try bringing their family back together.  (113 minutes, plus talk back)  View the trailer.

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm: Chichinette: How I Accidentally Became a Spy (documentary): The untold story of French Jewish Holocaust survivor and former spy, Marthe Cohn, aka Chichinette.  After keeping silent for almost 60 years, she shares the extraordinary story of how she managed to beat the odds and fight the Nazis as a spy.  At the age of 98, she now tours the world promoting her message to people of all generations. (86 minutes, plus talk back) View the trailer.

3:15 pm – 5:05 pm: The Mover (feature film): This award-winning Latvian film offers a gripping account of “Latvia’s Schindler.”  Žanis Lipke, whose covert operation to save local Jews by moving them from the Riga ghetto to an underground bunker hidden on his poperty, was honored as “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem. (87 minutes, plus talk back) View the trailer.

5:30 pm – 7:20 pm: Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary world of Ben Ferencz (documentary): Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor, continues his lifelong crusade for law and peace.  This portrait of the 99-year -old lawyer couldn’t be more relevant, as racism and antisemitism are on the rise, and long-standing international alliances predicated on common values and notions of justice are now endangered. (83 minutes, plus talk back) View the trailer.

Tickets: $13 General; $11 Seniors/Students.

Reservations required.


Live Performance
Notorious RBG in Song

Sunday, March 8, 2:00 – 4:00 pm AND 6:30 – 8:30 pm

*** Community Partners for Notorious RBG exhibit & exhibit-related programming listed at bottom of page.***

Community Partner for Notorious RBG in Song: The People’s Music School

Celebrate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – in song! This 75-minute, no-intermission show was created by RBG’s daughter-in-law, Patrice Michaels. She and her cast of three singers and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang tell RBG’s story in a jazz-meets-classical performace, with audience Q&A featuring Justice Ginsburg’s son, Cedille Records producer and Chicagoan James Ginsburg.

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets: $25 General; $10 Members.

Reservations required.

 

 

 

Family Program

Jump for Justice!

Sunday, March 15, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

*** Community Partners for Notorious RBG exhibit & exhibit-related programming listed at bottom of page.***

Be like RBG: keep your body and mind strong so you have the strength to take a stand! Bring your family to the Museum and enjoy exercise circuits inspired by RBG’s own fitness regime. The program will also include healthy snacks and hands-on activities for the whole family.

 

 

 

 

 

Kids & Students Free.
General: Free with Museum admission.
Reservations required.

 

Book & Author
From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps

Thursday, March 26, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Community Partners: Honorary Consul General for Norway in Illinois; Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce

Hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” Odd Nansen’s diary reveals his daily struggles, not only to survive, but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity while imprisoned in concentration camps in Norway and Germany. After being out of print for over 60 years, Timothy Boyce rescued Nansen’s diary from oblivion after reading another Survivor memoir, which detailed how Nansen saved his life while they were prisoners in Sachsenhausen. Book signing to follow.

 

 

 

 

Free with Museum admission.

Reservations required.

 

Ellen V. and Phillip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series: Voices of the Liberators, the Liberated, and the Lost

Sunday, April 19, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

The Museum is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, established by the Israeli Knesset in 1959, commemorates victims of the Holocaust. This year’s community-wide commemoration will include remarks by civic, religious and political leaders; spoken word and musical performances; and candle lighting by Holocaust Survivors and their descendants.

This commemorative program is presented in cooperation with Sheerit Hapleitah of Metropolitan Chicago and ADSI – Association of Descendants of the Shoah-Illinois.

 

Free to the public.

 

Special Presentation

Growing Up with Ruth & Marty: An Afternoon with Jim and Jane Ginsburg

Sunday, April 26, 2:00 – 3:30 PM 

*** Community Partners for Notorious RBG exhibit & exhibit-related programming listed at bottom of page.***

What was it like growing up with Ruth and Marty as mom and dad? Join us for laughter, learning, and an intimate conversation with Jim and Jane Ginsburg, who will share accounts detailing the personal struggles and accomplishments of this iconic American family.

Reservations required

Tickets: $25 General, $10 Members

 

Live Performance

Sip and Swing:  Sounds of the USO


Thursday, May 7, 7:00-9:00 pm

Celebrate 75 years after the end of WWII with a classic USO tribute, featuring a live musical performance by Chicago’s Big Band Boom! Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, and Jive the night away with “String of Pearls,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Take the A-Train,” and other musical gems from a bygone era.

Complementary drinks provided by Chicago’s own Revolution Brewing and KOVAL Distillery.

Tickets: $30 General, $15 Members

 

 

Special Presentation

The Role of Judges, Attorneys, and Bar Associations During the Holocaust

Thursday, May 21, 6:30 – 7:45 PM

*** Community Partners for Notorious RBG exhibit & exhibit-related programming listed at bottom of page.***

How did the legal professional operate under – and cooperate with – the Nazi regime? In this program, legal scholar Cathy Lesser Mansfield will examine important lessons that today’s legal field can draw from, exploring the conduct of key legal players under Nazi dictatorship and whether the American legal system could ever be at risk of supporting such a regime.

Reservations required

Free with admission

 

Commemoration: 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth
An Evening with Sherilynn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth with an evening of reflections from noted civil rights attorney Sherilynn Ifill, President and Direct Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Ifill is a nationally recognized advocate for civil rights, voting rights, and judicial diversity, and the author of On the Courthouse Lawn, which describes the lasting impact of lynching on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Reservations required

Free to the public

 

Live Entertainment
RBG After Dark


Thursday, June 18, 7:00 – 9:30 pm

*** Community Partners for Notorious RBG exhibit & exhibit-related programming listed at bottom of page.***

Kick off your weekend with a rare, one-time-only opportunity to see Notorious RBG after dark! Let your hair down and rock out to a set list of social justice-themed power anthems. (Don’t forget to #BeLikeRBG and come dressed in your robes and collars!) Food & drink will also be available for purchase.

Reservations required

Tickets: General ($30); Members ($15); Under 21* ($15).

(*Please note that there is no member discount for under 21)

 

Live Performance
I Died in Auschwitz:  A Remarkable Story of Survival


Sunday, July 12, 3:00-5:00 pm

This critically-acclaimed stage work interweaves the stories of a Polish Jew coming of age during World War II, a half-Jewish lieutenant in Hitler’s army, a high-ranking SS officer, and a Jewish-American comedian. Written and performed by Roger Grunwald, this one-man, tour-de-force performance gives a rare glimpse into the moral dilemmas of World War II and the Holocaust.

Reservations required

Free with admission

 

Film & Discussion

Double Feature: RBG and On the Basis of Sex

Sunday, July 19

RBG: 12:30 – 2:30 PM

On the Basis of Sex: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Experience the life and times of RBG on the silver screen as portrayed by two hit films: critically acclaimed biopic On the Basis of Sex, and BAFTA/Emmy Award-winning documentary RBG.

Reservations required.

RBG

On the Basis of Sex

 

 

 

Discussion
We Dissent!”: The Women Who Stood with RBG

Sunday, August 2, 2020, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said that true and lasting change in society and law is accomplished slowly, one step at a time. Join us in conversation with Dean Emerita of Loyola Law School Nina S. Appel and The Honorable Judge Carol Kamins Bellows as they reflect upon their legal careers, what it meant to break the “glass ceiling” at a time when women accounted for less than 3% of the legal profession, and their unique relationships with the Notorious RBG.

Free with admission

Reservations required

 

 

Film Screening
Resettled Roots


Sunday, August 9, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

This program is presented in partnership with the Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized Executive Order 9066, relocating 120,000 Japanese Americans to camps and opening a dark chapter of history that still haunts its victims and their descendants. The film Resettled Roots shares the personal stories of those who were interned, the challenges they faced in the aftermath, their migration to Chicago after the war, and the lasting legacies of wartime incarceration. Post-screening discussion with Japanese American internment camp survivors and their descendants to follow.

 

Exhibition Opening

We Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim


Sunday, September 13, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

We Went Back reveals oft-overlooked details about the aftermath of World War II on civilians throughout Europe. Also known as David Seymour – and born Dawid Szymin (1911 – 1956) – this retrospective by the preeminent 20th-century photojournalist thoughtfully presents the reconstruction of post-war Europe, worker’s rights efforts, resistance, and above all, survival.

Though framed by the destruction and devastation of war, We Went Back focuses primarily on ordinary people and the intimacy of their daily lives, showcasing through photos the challenges of rebuilding and the impact on major European nations that found in World War II. The exhibit also includes a UNESCO project documenting the plight of displaced children and the birth of the State of Israel. 

Several of these photos are among the most iconic and recognizable of the era.

The exhibition’s opening program will include a conversation with the original curator, Cynthia Young, International Center of Photography, New York.

 

 

Donald and Sue Pritzker Voices of Conscience lecture
Presidential Perspectives:  A Conversation with Clifton Truman Daniel, Liz Roosevelt Johnston, and Mary Jean Eisenhower


Sunday, October 18, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Join us for a not-to-be-missed event with the grandchildren of late U.S. Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight David Eisenhower, Clifton Truman Daniel, Liz Roosevelt Johnston, and Mary Jean Eisenhower as they reflect on the legacies their grandfathers left for them – and the world. Clifton, Liz, and Mary Jean will share little-known stories from three of America’s most well-known Presidents, from Truman leading Allied forces to victory, to Eisenhower’s dual career as supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe.

Reservations required

General: $25.00

Members: $15.00

 

Ellen V. and Philip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series
75th Anniversary of Nuremburg Trials & Kristallnacht Commemoration: 
“Legacy of Nuremburg”

Sunday, November 8, 2:00-3:30 PM

On Sunday, join us for a moderated panel discussion with John Barrett, the official biographer of chief Nuremberg prosecutor Justice Robert H. Jackson; and Judge Melissa Jackson, Justice Jackson’s granddaughter.

Reservations required

Free with admission

 

 

Ellen V. and Philip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series
75th Anniversary of Nuremburg Trials & Kristallnacht Commemoration: 
“Rule of Law” & “Search for Justice”

Monday, November 9

On Monday, panelists will discuss key prosecutors at Nuremberg – Bernard Meltzer, Telford Taylor, Ben Ferencz, and Whitney Harris – and the lasting impact of their work. Each of these prosecutors worked on twelve Holocaust-era war crime trials, all twelve of which were prosecuted solely by the United States.

Reservations required

Free with admission

 

Please note there are TWO OPTIONS

 

“Rule of Law” – 1:00 – 2:30 PM

“Search for Justice” 3:00 – 4:30 PM

 

Register for “Rule of Law”

Register for “Search for Justice”

 

Ellen V. and Philip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series
75th Anniversary of Nuremburg Trials & Kristallnacht Commemoration

Monday, November 9, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Kristallnacht commemorative event.

Reservations required.

Free to the public.

 

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.

January 1 – 31: Fritzie Fritzshall

 

 

 

Free with Museum admission. 
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. Tours also take place at 2 PM on the 2nd Sunday and last Saturday of each month:

  • January 12 & 25
  • February 9 & 29
  • May 8 & 28
  • April 12 & 25
  • May 10 & 30
  • June 14 & 27
  • July 12 & 25
  • August 9 & 29
  • September 13 & 26
  • October 11 & 31
  • November 8 & 28
  • December 13 & 26

 

***RBG EXHIBITION AND ALL EXHIBIT-RELATED PROGRAMMING SUPPORTED BY…***
League of Women Voters Chicago; UIC John Marshall Law School; Ballot Ready; International Women’s Forum – Chicago Chapter; Women’s Studies & Gender Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago; Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago; Mujeres Latinas en Acción; Women’s Bar Association of Illinois; Women’s and Gender Studies at Northeastern Illinois University; Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Roosevelt University; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies department at Lake Forest College; Center on Halsted; In Her Shoes Foundation; Illinois State Bar Association; Jewish Judges Association of Illinois; The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago; The Decalogue Society of Lawyers

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