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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 am – 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: Doris Fogel

Sunday April 20, 2017 | 12:30 PM

Doris Fogel was born in 1934 in Berlin, Germany. When Doris was only 4 years old, she and her mother, along with close friends whom Doris considered to be her “aunt” and “uncle,” undertook the journey to obtain permits to escape to Shanghai.

Meet Doris on April 29 and hear her fascinating story.






PANEL DISCUSSION: Genocide in Iraq: The Anfal Campaign Against the Kurds

Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 6:30 -8:00 PM

Scholars and eyewitnesses reflect upon the 1988 genocide, and examine its legacy for today.

Free to the public. Reservations required.

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Community Partner: Kurdish Cultural Center of Illinois



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.

Free to members. Reservations required.

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Community Partner: Anti-Defamation League; The Decalogue Society of Lawyers; Hadassah Chicago-North Shore




Chicago Film Premiere: Past Life

Thursday, May 18, 2017 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Follow the journey of two Israeli sisters, a musician and a journalist, as they unravel a shocking mystery related to their father’s survival in Poland during World War II.  The film is based on the wartime diaries of Dr. Baruch Milch.  Audience talk-back with producer David M. Milch follows.  This film is in Hebrew with English subtitles.

Free with Museum admission.

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Co-presented with JCC Chicago.




Race for Humanity 5K and 1K Kids Fun Run

Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 8:00-11:00 am

Everyone can take a stand for humanity. Now you can take a running start!

This second annual city-wide race supports the Museum’s mission to empower individuals to speak out
against prejudice, hatred and indifference to improve their communities and the world. CARA certified.

Lead Sponsor: Wintrust
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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, 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 June 25 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



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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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.

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Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency


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