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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: George Levy Mueller

Saturday, October 28 | 12:30 pm

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 taken to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Hear the rest of George’s incredible story on October 28.

Free to public.


World Premiere: Take a Stand Center

Sunday, October 29, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Be the first to experience this groundbreaking Take a Stand Center, designed to move visitors from Knowledge to Inspiration to Action.

11 am & 2 pm: Meet the Holocaust Survivors featured in the Survivor Stories Experience theater.
1 – 1:30 pm: Be inspired by spoken word poet Harold Green during a creative and powerful performance.


  • Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience utilizes technology developed by USC Shoah Foundation’s New Dimensions in Testimony program to enable a first-in-the-world “conversation” with 13 recorded Holocaust Survivors via 3-D holography. (Reservations required)
  • The Goodman Upstander Gallery highlights 40 courageous “Upstanders” in the areas of civic, social, economic, and environmental rights.
  • The action-oriented Take a Stand Lab provides hands-on tools for affecting change and becoming an Upstander, including a toolkit for visitors to take home.
  • The Act of Art gallery of fine art explores historical events from artists’ perspectives and demonstrates how art has the power to transform how we see the world.

Express what issues you care about in our action station, where you can make pledges, take selfies and photos with life-size change makers like Malala and Nelson Mandela, and learn how to get involved with local nonprofits like the Syrian Community NetworkYWCA Evanston/Northshore, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Cradles to Crayons, WE Day, and Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Reservations are required for the theater experience.


Commemoration: Kristallnacht

A Night of Broken Glass, Shattered Dreams

Thursday, November 9 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Ellen V. & Philip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series

On the 79th anniversary of the November Pogrom, we invite the community to join with Survivors and descendants for a program of dramatic readings drawn from the anti-Jewish decrees of the Nazi regime and the experiences of those impacted by them.  The evening also includes remarks from the Consulates of Israel and Germany, a candle lighting, music and prayer.

Presented in cooperation with Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Jewish Community Relations Council

Community Partners:  Sheerit Hapleitah of Metropolitan Chicago, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Free to the public.
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Survivor Talk: Felix Weil

Sunday, November 12 | 12:30 pm

Felix Weil was born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1927, where he lived a comfortable life with his parents and sister. As the quality of life deteriorated for Jews, particularly following Kristallnacht, Felix’s parents got him a place on the second-to-last Kindertransport. Hear the rest of Felix’s story and welcome him to the Survivor Speakers Bureau on November 12.

Free to public.



Back by Popular Demand: High Tea & Tour & Shop

November 11 & 12 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Holiday Boutique

Start your holiday shopping at a unique boutique featuring accessories, homewares, Judaica, children’s gifts, and more.

The boutique is free to the public and does not require reservations

High Tea with Gerri

This festive weekend will also feature “High Tea with Gerri.” Gerri will artfully serve a traditional English tea with fanciful finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones. Two seatings available at 11:30 am or 1:30 pm.

High Tea is $48 per person and includes access to all exhibitions including the new Take a Stand Center.

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From Page to Stage: Toni and Markus, From Village Life to Urban Stress

Sunday, November 12 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

This staged reading of Toni and Markus written by Walter Roth explores the everday lives of the author’s relatives both in Germany, and as refugees in Chicago.  Episodes from the book, based on conversations between the author and his stepmother, will be brought to life by local actors, including Roslyn Alexander, leading lady of Chicago stages.

A discussion with the cast and Walter Roth follows the performance.

Reservations required.

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Community Partner: Chicago Jewish Historical Society


Special Presentation: Elisha Wiesel

Sunday, November 19 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Donald and Sue Pritzker Voices of Conscience Lecture

Highland Park High School Auditorium

Join us for a powerful conversation with Elisha Wiesel, son of the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, as he reflects on the indelible legacy his father left for him and the world, and how he works to advance his father’s message today.  Elisha will share his lessons for humanity’s present and future, and the imperative of helping the world remember, understand, and learn from the lessons of the Holocaust.  Don’t miss this incredible opportunity!

Moderated by J.B. Pritzker, Trustee, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and Son of Donald and Sue Pritzker.

$20, $10 Members, $5 students.  Reservations required.

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The Donald and Sue Pritzker Voices of Conscience Lecture Series is dedicated in memory of Donald and Sue Pritzker, whose legacy of human decency and integrity continues in the promotion of civil and human rights.  Its purpose is to educate the public and serve as a catalyst for intergroup dialogue about the Holocaust, genocide and human rights issues.

Community Partners: America Jewish World Service, Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Armenian National Committee of Illinois, Association of the Descendants of the Shoah-Illinois, Bosnian American Genocide Institute, Center for International Human Rights at Northwester Pritzker School of Law, Chicago South Sudanese Community Center, College of Lake County Center for Nonviolence, Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, Highland Park High School, Holocaust Community Services/CJE Senior Life, L’Chaim Center, Midwest Center for Jewish Learning, Metro Chicago Hillel, The Hillels of Illinois, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago, Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, Roosevelt University’s History Program, Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan ChicagoAm Shalom and Sheerit HaPleitah of Metropolitan Chicago.


Survivor Talk: Agnes Schwartz

Saturday, November 25 | 12:30 pm

Agnes was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary until the 1944 Nazi occupation forced her to move into a Jewish star house. Her family maid (Julia Balazs) took Agnes in as her “niece” to protect her when she was only ten years old and saved her from Nazi forces, Allied bombings and more. Hear Agnes’ story and experiences firsthand on November 25.

Free to public.



Pfeffer Family Forum: Confronting Murder:

The Jewish “Sonderkommando” of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Thursday, December 7 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Dr. Gideon Greif is the author of We Wept Without Tears, the result of groundbreaking research on the complex role of the Sonderkommando.  The book inspired Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes to create the 2016 Academy Awarding winning “Son of Saul.”

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Free with Museum admission.  Reservations required.

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Community Partners: CJE Senior Life/Holocaust Community Services and Holocaust Educational Foundation, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, and The Consulate General of Hungary- Chicago  


Winter Break Family Promotion: Kids & Students Visit FREE

Tuesday, December 26 – Sunday, January 8

This winter break, kids and students can visit Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, and all other Museum exhibitions free of charge. There must be at least one paid adult present, and the offer can be redeemed by mentioning this Winter Break Promotion at the admissions window at the Museum.

This offer does not apply to field trips, group tours, or public programs that require reservations.


Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency


IL Arts Council






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