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

Interactive Survivor Experience

Most Saturdays | 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 is not available the last Saturday of the month.


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.



One Night Only Cultural Experience

Thursday, February 23 | 5:00 pm

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Northlight Theatre team up to present a unique experience in Skokie!

Enjoy a deli supper reception and docent-led tour of the Museum’s newest special exhibition, Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann, and then attend the Northlight Theatre performance of Faceless, a story about a teenager on trial for terrorism, pitted against a female Muslim who is brought on to prosecute.


Reception and Tour, 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
Live Performance, Faceless, 7:30 pm: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

$75 per person includes all of the above.
Free parking available at both venues.

To make a reservation, visit (enter code: SKOKIEARTS)


Survivor Talk: In Our Voices

Saturday, February 25 | 12:30 pm

Frank Stern was born in Frankfurt, Germany. At ten years of age, after the events of Kristallnacht, Frank and his family left Germany in April 1939 for Switzerland.  From April to July 1939, Frank stayed in Switzerland before immigrating to England.  In February 1940, Frank and his family left for the United States on an armed merchant ship from Southampton, England to New York.






Book & Author: Justice at Dachau

Thursday, February 23 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Lake County Courthouse
18 N. County St., Waukegan

Lake County Bar Association presents a lecture by Joshua M. Greene, author of Justice at Dachau. Professor Greene will provide details about the largest, yet least known, war crime trials in history.

Free to the public. Seating is limited.

To make a reservation visit or call 847.244.3143.



Scouting Out Intolerance

Sunday, February 26
Doors open 10:30 am | Program ends 3:30 pm

Scouts & Prospective Scouts (grade 3 – age 18) are invited to visit the third largest Holocaust Museum in the world for *FREE.

Two meaningful, educational, and empowering programs will be offered.

Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms and earn credit towards ‘Citizenship in the Community’ Merit Badge.

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*Youth grade 3 to age 18 are FREE and must be accompanied by an adult. 1 adult may accompany a maximum of 4 youth. Adult admission of $12 is required at time of registration. Questions?   Call Scouting out Intolerance Chairman Michelle Bauman: 847.514.7087. Sponsored by: The Jewish Committee on Scouting (JCOS) Supported by: The Jewish War Veterans (JWV), who will be in attendance on February 26

Live Performance: “Music and Art from Theresienstadt”

Sunday, February 26 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Soprano Rachel Joselson and pianist Rene Lecuona will perform selections by Viktor Ullmann and other composers who were prisoners of Nazi Germany in Terezin during the Holocaust. The concert is accompanied by a slide presentation of art created in Terezin.  Both Ms. Joselson and Ms. Lecuona are faculty members, in voice and piano respectively, at University of Iowa School of Music in Iowa City. Selections from their CD “Songs of the Holocaust” are featured in this concert.

The music and art represent some of the extraordinary creations produced under conditions of extreme inhumanity. In sharing these works, Ms. Joselson and Ms. Lecuona pay tribute to the resilience of the human spirit.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

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“Defiance” – Behind the Scenes, Growing Up Bielski

Thursday, March 2 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Michael “Mickey” Bielski shares his family’s experiences during the Holocaust.  Though we are somewhat familiar with the story from the feature film “Defiance,” in which actor Daniel Craig portrayed Tuvia, Mickey’s father, this is an opportunity to gain special insights.  Mickey not only takes us behind the scenes of the movie, but also describes the legacy of this legendary group of Jewish partisans.

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Survivor Talk: In Our Voices

Sunday, March 12 | 12:30 -1:30pm


Kurt Gutfreund was born in January 1938 in Vienna, Austria.  Kurt and his mother were able to survive in hiding until the end of 1942, when they were arrested and deported to the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.  Kurt and his mother would survive in Terezin until their liberation 1945.





Sunday, March 12 | 10:00 – 9:30 pm

Join us to view remarkable documentary and feature films, each followed by audience discussion with local experts.  Screenings will include a variety of film genres, documentary, docudrama and feature film.

10:15 – 12:00 pm
No Asylum: 
Based on recently discovered letters in the archives of YIVO, this documentary details Otto Frank’s efforts to secure visas to the U.S. for his family, before going into hiding.   

12:15 – 2:15 pm
Keep Quiet: 
When the founder of a Hungarian anti-Semitic group learns he is Jewish, he undergoes a complete transformation. The film documents his three year journey to embrace his heritage.

2:30 – 5:30 pm
Persona Non Grata: 
This Japanese production depicts the life of diplomat Chiune Sugihara with an emphasis on his efforts to save Jews in Lithuania during the Holocaust.

6:00 – 8:30 pm
When historian Deborah Lipstadt is sued for libel by Holocaust denier David Irving, British law places the burden of proof on her. Thus, Lipstadt and her team must prove the historical truth of the Holocaust.

Tickets $12; $10 seniors/students. Reservations required. Exhibition access included.

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Questions? Please call 847.763.3507


SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Intelligence Challenges in the 21st Century

Sunday, March 19 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Former CIA officer and International Spy Museum board member Melissa Boyle Mahle
discusses what the U.S. and global intelligence communities are doing (and not doing) to address
national security challenges of the 21st Century.

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Survivor Talk: In Our Voices

Saturday, March 25 | 12:30 – 1:30pm


Agnes is from Budapest, Hungary. Upon occupation by Nazi forces in 1944, she was forced to move into a Jewish star house. At 10 years old, the family maid took Agnes in as her “niece” who was fleeing from the Russian army. Agnes’ father was saved by Raoul Wallenberg and hid in one of his safe houses. Her grandmother, grandfather, and aunt were drowned in the Danube. Her mother was deported and perished at Bergen-Belsen.




Film & Discussion: The Eichmann Show

Sunday, April 2 | 2:00 -3:30 pm


Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich leads a postfilm discussion on the BBC film that reveals how the blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz joined with American TV producer Milton Fruchtman to broadcast the Eichmann trial worldwide in 1961.

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Launch: Driving Fashion Foward

Sunday, April 9 | 5:00 – 7:30 pm

Autohaus on Edens’ showroom will be transformed into a dynamic catwalk and fashion hub for their annual North Shore fashion event benefiting the Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.

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LECTURE: The investigation and Prosecution of Nazi and Genocide Criminals

Thursday, May 11 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Uncover the story behind the identification, denaturalization, and deporting of Nazi war criminals from 1994-2010; featuring the former director of the US DOJ Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Eli Rosenbaum.

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May ( TBA )
View this feature film starring Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer as Holocaust Survivors seeking justice for their families. An expert discussion will follow the film.



June ( TBA )
Watch actors perform playwright C.P. Taylor’s exploration of the moral choices of responsibility and discover how “good” people can get caught in a questionable movement.




Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency


IL Arts Council




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