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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 and Sundays, 11:00 – 3:00 pm

Ask the life-like projection of local Holocaust Survivors Fritzie Fritzshall, Aaron Elster or Sam Harris any question, and voice recognition technology allows the recording to respond as if the Survivor is in the room!




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.



Survivor Talk: Yvonne Aronson

Saturday, June 24 |  12:30 pm

A child Survivor, Yvonne was born in Brussels, Belgium, and was in hiding for 2 ½ years (beginning at the age of 2) with a non-Jewish family in Belgium. Yvonne’s father and aunt perished in Auschwitz. Yvonne immigrated to the U.S. in March 1947.







Family Program: Children of Terezin Book Launch

Sunday, June 25 | 11:00 am- 12:30 pm

Author Dede Harris tells the story about how the children of Terezin concentration camp overcame unimaginable obstacles to give life to a small tree sapling. Recommended for ages 8+.

Generously sponsored by the Kreamer Family


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Survivor Talk: Gdalina Novitsky

Sunday, July 9 | 12:30 pm

Gdalina was born in Kiev, Ukraine. Just after her 3rd birthday, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, and Gdalina’s father left to fight with the Red Army. Her mother fled with her to the east, eventually to Kazakstan; her grandparents who were too ill to travel, stayed behind in their apartment in Kiev.

Hear Gdalina tell more of her fascinating story on July 9.





Exhibition Opening Event: Bill Graham and The Rock & Roll Revolution

Sunday, July 16 | 2:00-3:30 PM

Celebrate the legacy of rock impresario Bill Graham with his family and friends! This event features WXRT DJ and Radio Hall of Famer Terri Hemmert who will moderate a panel discussion with Bill Graham’s sons Alex and David Graham; and Bill Graham Memorial Foundation Executive Director Bonnie Simmons.


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Live Performance: The Broadway Musical: A Mirror to the Human Condition

Thursday, July 27 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Stop the World- I Want to Get Off, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, La Cage aux Folles, Man of La Mancha, West Side Story and Showboat, among others, all draw attention to racial, religious, gender, political, societal, feminist, and age issues.  Join us as musical theater aficionado and concert pianist Dr. Marvin Berman performs unforgettable melodies, provides commentary on the composers, and shares his knowledge of some of the most moving and socially-meaningful scores ever written.


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Survivor Talk: Sharon Pitluk Silver

Saturday July 29 | 12:30 pm

Sharon was born in Knyzsyn, Poland in November 1941. She was taken into hiding by a young Catholic couple and lived with them for 3 years.
Meet Sharon on July 29 to learn the rest of her incredible story.




Women’s Leadership Committee: Carnivale Summer Soiree

Thursday, August 3 | 6:00-9:00 PM

702 W. Fulton St, Chicago

Celebrate summer with fabulous food and drink. Enjoy acrobats, fire breathers, magicians, and other “cirque” entertainment. Silent auction and raffle not-to-be missed! Proceeds benefit the Museum’s student/educator programming and special exhibitions.

Tickets start at $150

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Lead Sponsors: Lori Komisar and Morrie Silverman; Sponsor: BMO Harris Bank
Media Sponsor: Make It Better

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Film & Discussion: After Auschwitz

Sunday, August 6 | 2:00-4:00 PM

For Survivors, liberation from the camps was the beginning of a lifelong struggle.  This documentary follows six extraordinary women who survived Auschwitz and had to decide where to go, what to do, and how “to become people again.”  A discussion with filmmaker Jon Kean follows the screening.

Community Partner: Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University


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Meet the Photographer: The Rolling Stone Years

Thursday, August 17 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Baron Wolman was Rolling Stone’s Chief Photographer when the magazine was first published 50 years ago.  View his iconic photos as he talks about his memorable encounters with Bill Graham and the rock stars of the time.

A book signing of The Rolling Stone Years follows the presentation.

Community Partner: Museum of Contemporary Photography | Columbia College Chicago


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Special Presentation – Romani Life: Then and Now

Sunday, August 27 | 2:00 -3:30 PM

Under the Nazi regime, 75% of Europe’s Roma and Sinti, commonly referred to as Gypsies, were killed.  Linguist and Romani scholar, Dr. Ian Hancock, professor at University of Texas at Austin, will discuss the experience of the Roma during the Holocaust, the persistence of prejudice, and the current struggle of the Romani peoples.  Dr. Danny M. Cohen, Northwestern University and Founder of Unsilence, will moderate.

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Film & Discussion: The Last Waltz

Sunday, September 10 | 2:00-4:30 PM

This Martin Scorsese documentary captures the final concert of the Canadian-American musical group, The Band, in a star-studded farewell performance at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, November 25, 1976.  Music legends including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters are featured in the film.  A post-screening discussion with Columbia College faculty Ron Falzone and Rami Gabriel will take place.


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Community Partner: Columbia College Chicago’s Development and Alumni Relations office


Family Program: Posters that Rock!

Sunday, September 24 | 11:00 – 2:00 PM

Kids and adults alike will work together to screen print a rock poster with Jay Ryan, a poster maker and musician who will also share how current rock concert poster design ideas come to life.

Recommended for ages 8+.


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History of Rock & Soul: Music for Social Change

Sunday October, 1, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM

From rock to soul to rap, music has the power to become the sound track of social change.  Join Terri Hemmert, as she spotlights musicians who have responded to social issues through their music.



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Survivor Talk: Edith Schumer

Sunday October 8 | 12:30 PM

Edith was born in Stockstadt, Germany, in 1925. Like Bill Graham—the subject of the Museum’s rock & roll exhibition—Edith was one of the “1,000 children,” a group of approximately 1,400 German Jewish children who were allowed to come unaccompanied to the United States via an organized rescue effort that occurred nine months prior to the start of World War II.

Edith eventually settled in Chicago. Her daughter, Fern, has published several books based on her mother’s experience including “Motherland: Beyond the Holocaust.”




Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency


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