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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 – 1:00 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!

*On May 7th, the Interactive Survivor Experience will run from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The experience is also not available on May 14 or 27.



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.





Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 6:30-8:30 pm

Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer portray Holocaust survivors seeking justice for their families in this psychological thriller. (The film is rated R for a sequence of violence and language.) An audience talk back will be offered.

Free to members. Reservations required.

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Survivor Talk: Steen Metz
Saturday, May 27, 2017 | 12:30

Steen Metz grew up in the town of Odense, Denmark, about 100 miles west of Copenhagen, and was the son of non-practicing Jewish parents. Jews made up only 0.2 percent of the country’s population, and were well-integrated into Danish society at the time.

Then, on Oct. 2, 1943, after more than three years of Nazi occupation in Denmark, Metz’s family — 8-year-old Steen and his parents — were arrested at their home, loaded into a crowded cattle car without food, water, light or a working toilet for three days, and sent to Terezin Concentration Camp in what is today the Czech Republic.

Meet Steen on May 27 to hear the rest of his incredible story.





Book & Author: Two Among the Righteous Few

Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 2:00-3:30 pm

Marty Brounstein reveals a riveting story of courage during the Holocaust, when Frans and Mien Wijnakker, a Catholic couple in a small town, saved the lives of over two dozen Jews in southern Holland, among them Mr. Brounstein’s in-laws.  A book signing will follow.

Free with Museum Admission.

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Community Partner: Avenue of the Righteous



Live Performance: Chicago YIVO Society Sarah Lazarus Memorial Concert

Thursday, June 8, 2017 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM

In honor of the memory of beloved music teacher Sarah Lazarus, Chicago YIVO Society presents an evening of Yiddish song and story.

$10, free for Museum members.

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Community Partner: Chicago YIVO Society


Survivor Talk: Rodi Glass

Sunday, June 11, 2017 | 12:30pm

Rodi Glass was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  In 1943, she and her family were sent to the Westerbork concentration camp, released and returned to Amsterdam, and put in the local ghetto.  In 1944 they were again sent to Westerbork, than to Vittel concentration camp in France.





Staged Reading: Good

Sunday, June 11, 2017 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Professional actors tell the story of how a “good” man gets caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich.  Join us as actors from the Genesis Theatrical Productions perform this provocative work written by C.P. Taylor.

Free with Museum admission.

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Book & Author: Why? : Explaining the Holocaust

Sunday, June 18, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Peter Hayes, Professor of Holocaust Studies (emeritus) at Northwestern University, provides insights to his new book Why? With decades of experience in the classroom, this leading scholar shares a bold new exploration of commonly asked questions about the Holocaust, and explains why our understanding of the Holocaust must continue to evolve.  Book signing will follow.

Free with Museum admission.

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Survivor Talk: Yvonne Aronson

Saturday, June 24, 2017 |  12:30pm

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, 2017 | 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+.

Free with Museum admission.

Generously sponsored by the Kreamer Family

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Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency


IL Arts Council




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