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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.

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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 18 – 24: Aaron Elster

November 25 – December 1: Fritzie Fritzshall

* The theater will be closed to the public all day on November 27th 

December 2 – 8: Sam Harris

December 9 – 15: Pinchas Guttter

December 16 – 22: Aaron Elster

December 23 – 29: Fritzie Fritzshall

Free with Museum admission. Free for Members. 
Advance reservation recommended. 

 
 
 

 

Architecture Tour: Symbolic by Design

November 24, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

December 9 & 29, 11:00 – 12:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Survivor Speaker – Felix Weil

Saturday, November 24, 12:30pm

Felix Weil was both in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1927. 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 on what would turn out to be the second to last Kindertransport, departing just weeks before World War II began.

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. 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.

 

Lecture: Annual Pfeffer Family Forum

History Matters: Defining Holocaust Memory in Poland

Thursday, November 29, 6:30-8:00 pm

Community Partners: Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University; Princeton Club of Chicago; Midwest Center for Jewish Learning

Recently the passage of a law in Poland makes it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity in Nazi crimes. Why is this happening? What consequences might the world face with Poland’s move to protect a preferred view of history? Polish complicity in the Holocaust has been a subject of research and debate in Poland for decades. A turning point came in 2000, with the publication of the book Neighbors by sociologist and historian Jan T. Gross, which explored the 1941 massacre of Jews by Poles in the village of Jedwabne. The account shocked the country out of a long period of denial, and marked a watershed in the public debate about Polish-Jewish relations.

Moderated by Dr. Benjamin Frommer, Associate Professor, Northwestern University.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Free with Museum Admission.

Reservations required.

 

 

Survivor Speaker – Dov Boros

Sunday, December 9, 12:30 pm

Dov Boros was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1932. After his father was sent to a forced labor camp in 1940, Dov remained in Budapest with his mother and younger brother, where they received a measure of protection of forged Spanish visas. Dov’s unique story of survival includes countless near-misses with the Gestapo and the Arrow Cross before liberation in January 1945. Dov’s father miraculously survived as well, and the family settled in Israel in 1949.

Free with admission.  No reservations required.

 

 

 

Everyday Things
Live Performance: Original Production
Presented by Writers Theatre

Sunday, December 9, 2:00-3:30 pm

The Holocaust. Armenia. Bosnia. Herzegovina. Cambodia. Rwanda. Darfur. Sudan. Iraq. Syria. America. In the past 150 years, tens of millions of people have lost their lives in genocide or mass atrocities. Millions have been tortured, raped, or forced from their homes — objects and images often the only thing left in their wake. Everyday Things is an original dramatic work by Chicago-based playwright Isaac Gomez that weaves together Survivor testimonies, history, and stories behind objects featured in the exhibition Stories of Survival asking us to consider — how do we move forward when everything we’ve ever known has been left behind? Following the performance, a Q&A with the playwright, director Geoff Button (Associate Artistic Director, Writers Theatre), and the cast will follow. 

Reservations Required.  Free to Members.

 

 

Book & Author- The Holocaust and North Africa

Thursday, December 13, 6:30 -8:00 pm

Muslim and Jewish politics, literature, and memory reflect what occurred across North Africa during World War II.  In cooperation with the Consulate General of Morocco in Chicago, we present Dr. Aomar Boum, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, who will discuss this pivotal episode in Holocaust history.  A book signing will follow.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

 

 

 

Survivor Speaker – George Levy Mueller

Saturday, Dec 29, 12:30pm

George Levy Mueller was born in Germany to Max and Lucie Levy.   In 1938, George and his family were forced out of their home, and forced to live in a Juden Haus (Jew House).  On November 9th, during Kristallnacht George’s father and uncle were arrested and take to Sachsenhausen concentration camp.  Following Kristallnacht George and his sister Ursula were sent to Holland, were they lived in a convent till 1943.  In 1943, George and his sister were deported to Vught concentration camp, than to Westerbork and finally to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. They were liberated in April 1945, by the Russian army, while on a death train.  George and Ursula returned to Holland and eventually came to the United States in 1947. 

Free with admission. No reservations required.

 

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE World Premiere – The Cambodian Genocide Through Theater & Music

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 4:00-5:00 pm

Artists from the Victory Gardens Theater production of Lauren Yee‘s Cambodian Rock Band discuss the music that inspired the show, and the process they used to develop the play.

Reservations required. Free with admission.

 

 

 

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE: SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE

Thursday, February 28, 2019,  6:30-8:00 pm

Dominique Morisseau

Cast members from Victory Gardens Theater will be presenting a scene from the production, Pipeline, followed by a panel discussion about the school to prison pipeline. The panel will explore the parallels between the effects of this phenomena on inner-city youth and in the themes of the exhibit Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865.

Reservations required. Free with admission.

 

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