Events

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.

 

 

 

April 12 – 30: Eva Kor

May 1- 31: Fritzie Fritzshall

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

 
 
 

 

Architecture Tour: Symbolic by Design

April 27, 11:00 – 12:00 pm

May 12 & 25, 11:00 -12:00 pm

June 9 & 29, 11:00 – 12:00 pm

 

 

 

Together we Remember Commemoration with Susan Bro

Sunday, April 28, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Join Chicago’s next generation of inspiring artists, activists, and thinkers for a special vigil to remember victims of genocide, mass atrocities, and identity-based violence throughout history. With hate, extremist violence, and threats to democracy on the rise, now is the time for us to come together across the typical lines that divide us.

 

This will be the culminating vigil of the annual #TogetherWeRemember campaign, a global series of events dedicated to transforming remembrance into action to end identity-based violence for all humanity.

 

Opening Performance: FM Supreme, three-time international performing poet, artists, activist and educator who describes herself as a “humanitarian rap artist”.

 

Town Hall Discussion: “What Is The Meaning of ‘Never Again’?”, moderated by David Estrin, Founder & Director, Together We Remember

 

Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer who was killed in Charlottesville while peacefully protesting in 2017, President of the Heather Heyer Foundation

Estelle Laughlin, child Survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Uprising, and Nazi concentration camps

Dr. Mohammed Zaher Sahloul, President, MedGlobal and Former Senior Advisor, Syrian American Medical Aid Society

Lewis Lee, Milwaukee Portals Project and Community Organizer 

 

During this event, we will create a living memorial to victims of identity-based violence. Please feel free to bring copies of photos or mementos that can be part of the memorial. 

 

 

Free to the public

Reservations Required

 

 

Yom HaShoah Community-wide Commemoration

Ellen V. and Philip L. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series

Sunday, May 5, 1:30 -3:00 pm

LOCATION: Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Ln., Wilmette, IL 60091 

Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, established by the Israeli Knesset in 1959, commemorates the victims of the Holocaust.  The program will include remarks by Chicago-area civic, religious, and political leaders, music by violinist David Lisker, and candle lighting by eyewitnesses and descendants.  

This community-wide commemoration is in partnership with Sheerit Hapleitah of Metropolitan Chicago, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, and Association of Descendants of the Shoah-Illinois.

 

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Book & Author: Howard Reich – The Art of Inventing Hope: Intimate  Conversations with Elie Wiesel

Thursday, May 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Community Partners: Chicago Board of Rabbis, Midwest Center for Jewish Learning

Join us as Chicago Tribune columnist Howard Reich, a child of Survivors, looks back on his greatest opportunity as a writer and journalist: numerous conversations with the Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel.  Howard will appear in conversation with another child of Survivors, Regine Schlesinger, veteran WBBM News Radio 78 broadcast personality.  Book signing to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free with admission

Reservations required

 

Survivor Speaker: Marguerite Mishkin

Sunday, May 12, 12:30 pm

Marguerite Mishkin is a hidden child of the Holocaust.  She was born to Jewish parents in Belgium in 1941.  Her father was taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp the next year and perished there.  Knowing that Marguerite and her older sister Annette were in great danger, their mother approached the Belgian Resistance movement for help.  Through the Resistance, she was able to send her children into hiding with a rural Belgian Catholic family in 1943.  They remained with that family until 1946.  Meanwhile, in 1944, Marguerite’s mother was captured and sent to Auschwitz, where she perished.  After the war, Marguerite and her sister were removed from the Belgian family’s care and sent to a Jewish orphanage in Brussels.  From there, they were both adopted by a Chicago rabbi and his wife in 1950.  Marguerite grew up in Chicago, graduated from Roosevelt University, and became a teacher. 

 

 

 

Free with Museum Admission

No reservations required

 

Book & Author: Slavery in Illinois: Slave Owners, Abolitionists, and the Underground Railroad

Sunday, May 19, 2:00 -3:30 pm

LOCATION: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago IL 60614

Community Partner: Chicago History Museum, the DuSable Museum of African American History, JCUA

Hear about efforts to aid escaping slaves in Illinois. Darrel Dexter, author of Bondage in Egypt: Slavery in Illinois; and Owen Muelder, author of The Underground Railroad in Western Illinois, discuss slave owners, abolitionists, and their roles. Charles Bethea, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Chicago History Museum, will moderate.

 

Tickets: $10; free to ILHMEC and Chicago History Museum members

 

 

 

Reservations required

 

Special Event: Finding History Abroad

Thursday, May 23, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Researching his family’s past and the impact of the Holocaust on family members became a passion for Sidney Mathias.  Learn how he and his wife have explored their history with the help of the International Tracing Service.

Following the presentation, enjoy international snacks and hear how Viking Cruises takes passengers to designations through the scenic and beautiful rivers of Europe and beyond.

Refreshments will be served.  

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Survivor Speaker: Leonie Bergman

Saturday, May 25, 12:30 pm

Leonie Bergman was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1935, and moved with her parents to Brussels, Belgium in 1938. Following the Nazi occupation of Belgium, Leonie was placed in hiding in a convent. She and her younger sister survived and came to the US in April 1946, to live with an uncle in New York. Their parents were deported to Auschwitz in July 1944, just two months before Belgium was liberated. They did not survive.

Free with Museum Admission

No reservations required

 

 

 

Anne Frank Remembered: 90th Birthday Anniversary

Wednesday, June 5, 6:30-8:00 pm

Community Partners:  Consulate General of the Netherlands in Chicago, Hidden Children – Chicago, Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University

Seventy-four years after her death, Anne Frank’s diary retains its importance as a literary work, wartime and Holocaust document, and as a biography of a life cut short.  Join us to reflect on the girl who would have turned 90 this month and gain insights into the work of the Anne Frank House.  Ronald Leopold, Executive Director, will describe how his museum serves as a window to the past and mirror to the present.

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required

 

 

Panel & Book Signing – I was a Doctor in Auschwitz

Thursday, June 13, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Dr. Danny M. Cohen, Dr. Phyllis Lassner and Dr. Sarah Cushman will discuss the re-release of Gisela Perl’s memoir I Was a Doctor in Auschwitz.  After decades of out of print, this text addresses taboo topics tied to women in the Holocaust.

Free with admission.

Reservations required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Film & Discussion: Slavery on the Silver Screen: Popular Culture and the Shaping of American Memory

Sunday, June 16, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Community Partner: Columbia College Chicago Department of Cinema & Television Arts, JCUA

Columbia College faculty members Dr. Karla Fuller and Ron Falzone explore Hollywood’s interpretation of slavery in America. Selected clips and commentary will highlight productions ranging from D.W. Griffith’s controversial 1915 film The Birth of a Nation to 2014 Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave.

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required

 

Pride Month Film & Discussion: Dear Fredy

Thursday, June 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Community Partners: Equality Illinois, Congregation Or Chadash

The documentary Dear Fredy tells the story of Fredy Hirsch, a Jew, an athlete, and an openly gay man who fled Germany after the passage of the Nuremberg Laws.  In the Czech Republic, he continued to inspire more than 4,000 young people in the Ghetto Terezin.  When many were deported to Auschwitz, Hirsch convinced the infamous Dr. Mengele to let him oversee a daycare center for some 600 children, where Fredy gave them hope in a place of death and despair.

A post screen discussion will reflect on heroic actions of other Upstanders within the LGBTQ+ community.

 

 

 

 

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required

 

Survivor Speaker: TBA

Saturday, June 29, 12:30 pm

 

Film & Discussion: From Stage to Screen: The Soap Myth

Sunday, June 30, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Community Partner: JCC Chicago

More than 50 years after World War II, a young investigative reporter, spurred on by a Holocaust survivor, finds herself caught between multiple versions of the same story in Jeff Cohen’s play The Soap Myth.  Deadlines, integrity, and the question of whom to believe all play a role in this provocative history lesson.

Following the performance of the play, Dr. Alvin Goldfarb, child of Holocaust survivors and nationally known theater educator and administrator, will discuss the themes explored in the play.

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

A Door Closed: The Unknown Story of America’s Failed Kindertransport

Thursday, July 25, 6:30-8:00 pm

By late 1938, Nazi policies had resulted in a refugee crisis, as Jews and other threatened groups attempted to flee the German Reich.  During 1939, intense debate raged in Congress about legislation that would have allowed 20,000 refugee children into the United States outside of America’s restrictive immigration quotas.  Join us for a thought-provoking conversation as we explore the history and controversy of the bill, public opinion at the time, and the legacy of immigration and refugee policies.

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required

 

 

 

Peace Garden Dedication

Tuesday, August 27, 6:00-7:30 pm

The Peace Garden welcomes visitors to Illinois Holocaust Museum and creates a sanctuary for reflection after their Museum experience.  With a diversity of plantings, inspirational quotes, and seating, the Peace Garden provides an inviting and educational space for visitors to prepare for and then process new ideas and perspectives.  We will dedicate this space with a ribbon cutting, music, and special programming.

We thank Harvey L. Miller and the Sarowitz family for their vision and support of this project.

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Exhibition Opening: Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photography of Henryk Ross

Sunday, September 22, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Memory Unearthed offers an extraordinarily rare glimpse of resistance inside the Lodz Ghetto during WWII, through the lens of Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross.  In 1940, Ross was confined the Lodz Ghetto and put to work as a bureaucratic photographer taking official photographs for Jewish identification cards and Nazi propaganda.  Unofficially, and forbidden from doing so, Ross risked his life to document the realities of life in the ghetto.  After liberation, Ross recovered more than 3,000 negatives, buried before the ghetto was liquidated.  Memory Unearthed presents more than 300 of Ross’s powerful photographs, comprising a realistic and intimate visual record of the Holocaust.

The opening program will feature a panel discussion with exhibition curator Maia-Mari Sutnik, Curator Emeritus, Photography, the Art Gallery of Ontario; and Judith Cohen, Chief Acquisitions Curator, USHMM.

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required

 

Donald and Sue Pritzker Voices of Conscience Lecture: Footsteps of My Father: An Evening with Pastor Chris Edmonds

Thursday, October 17, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Pastor Chris Edmonds is the son of WWII hero Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, whose extraordinary courage saved the lives of more than 200 Jewish American soldiers in a prisoner of war camp in Germany.  In 2016, Roddie Edmonds was posthumously recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.  He was the fifth American to be recognized and to date the only American soldier awarded this honor.  As founder of Roddie’s Code, Pastor Chris is committed to extending the legacy and leadership of Sgt. Edmonds by inspiring heroes everywhere to enjoy life and express love, while working towards a better world.

Reservations required.

Non-Member Tickets – $15

Member Tickets – $10

Students – $5

Teachers – $5

Military/Veterans – $0

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