Events

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Most programs are free with Museum admission or membership. Reservations are required for all programs. (Exceptions noted.)

Winter Break at the Museum: Students and Children Visit Free!

December 17 – January 2

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Interactive Survivor Experience

Every Saturday | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Ask the life-size video projection of Holocaust Survivor Pinchas Gutter any question, and natural language technology allows him to respond to you as if he were in the room!

Pinchas will not be available  December 31.

 

 

Museum Architecture Tour: Symbolic By Design

December 11 & 31 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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See how renowned architect Stanley Tigerman infused each space in the Museum with historical and emotional symbolism.

 

 

 

Survivor Talk: In Our Voices

Sunday, December 11, 2016 | 12:30 pm

Sharon Pitluk Silver

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Sharon was born in Knyszyn, a small town in Poland in November 1941.  In November 1942, Sharon’s parents were killed and she was taken into hiding by a young Catholic couple. Sharon lived with the family until May 1945, when Sharon’s uncle, the only survivor of the family, came to retrieve her.  The couple refused to give Sharon up, forcing her uncle to come back during the night and steal her away from them. Sharon’s uncle took her to a displaced person’s camp, and after searching unsuccessfully for any other related survivors, he and Sharon immigrated to the United States.

No reservations required.

 

 

SEXUAL VIOLENCE
STORIES OF SURVIVAL AND HOPE: OVERCOMING SEXUAL VIOLENCE

December 11, 2016 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

National Human Rights Month Event

hr handHear from advocates who work with local women and girls faced with sexual violence both in global areas of conflict and in “safe” communities here at home.

Featuring: Anne K. Ream, Founder, Voices and Faces Project; Polly Poskin, Executive Director, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Angela Martinez, Senior Program officer, American Jewish World Service

Community Partners: American Jewish Worlds Service; CAASE; Voices and Faces Project; World Without Exploitation; Zacharias Center; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

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Survivor Talk: In Our Voices

Sunday, January 8, 2017 | 12:30 pm

George Brent

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George was born in an area of Czechoslovakia that was later turned over to Hungary. Because his father was a pharmacist, the family was able to remain outside the Téscö ghetto for much longer than other families, so that the town’s pharmacy could continue to operate. They were forced into the ghetto on May 21, 1944, and deported to Auschwitz three days later. Upon arrival, George and his father were selected for work, while his mother and younger brother were sent to the gas chambers upon arrival. With help from George’s uncle, George and his father were able to stay together and were assigned to jobs that were safer and more protected from the elements. As the Russian army advanced, George was sent on a death march and then on a coal train to Mauthausen. He was eventually liberated from Ebensee concentration camp in Austria. George came to the United States in 1947, and his father followed him soon after. Photos of George, his father, and other men from their town appear in The Auschwitz Album.

 

 

Film and discussion: DREAMCATCHER

January 12, 2017 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

dreamcatcherThe Sundance Film Festival award winning documentary Dreamcatcher follows a former Chicago trafficking victim who created the Dreamcatcher Foundation to help other women escape prostitution.

Featuring: Brenda Myers-Powell, the documentary’s main subject, and Founder of Dreamcatcher Foundation

Exhibition Partners: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

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SEX TRAFFICKING
THE DEMAND THAT DRIVES SEX TRAFFICKING IN ILLINOIS

January 15, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Event will be held at the Evanston Public Library, Evanston, IL. (1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201)

National Human Trafficking Awareness Month Event

Sex trafficking is one form of modern day slavery that is prevalent in Chicagoland.  Experts will discuss the demand for prostitution in Illinois and important ways communities are fighting back.

Featuring: Laura Jansen, lead author of Our Great Hobby: An Analysis of Online Networks for Buyers of Sex in Illinois, and researcher, University of Chicago; Caleb Probst and Lynne Johnson, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE); Laura Ng (Moderator), Executive Director, Traffick Free

Community Partners: CAASE; Evanston Police Department; Traffick Free; The Salvation Army; Promise Program; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

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Young Professional Committee Presents
Platinum Selling, Country-Rock Artist, Eric Paslay

January 18, 2017 | 7:30-11:00 pm
Park West, 322 West Armitage, Chicago

Rock out with YPC!

Join the Young Professional Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center for our first annual benefit concert featuring platinum selling country-rock artist, Eric Paslay.

Hundreds of Chicagoland’s young professionals will attend this signature concert to support the Museum’s efforts to transform powerful lessons of history into positive actions today.

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Martin Luther King Day Program

Indelible Images-Key Moments of the Civil Rights Movement

Sunday, January 19, 2017 | 6:30 -8:00 pm

American photographer Steve Schapiro has captured a wide variety of celebrities through the lens of his camera, but his compelling images documenting the March on Washington and the Selma to Montgomery March give us glimpses of modern American history.  Steve will discuss being present at these significant civil rights milestones and share significant photos from his portfolio.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

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From Page to Page

The Book of Joseph

Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Fifteen years after his parents’ death, Richard Hollander opened a suitcase to discover Swastika-stamped letters, written during World War II by a family he never knew.  His exploration of his family’s connection to the Holocaust resulted in his book Every Day Lasts a Year which was then adapted into The Book of Joseph, a world premiere play staged by Chicago Shakespeare Theater playing January 26-March 5, 2017.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

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Community Partner: Chicago Shakespeare Theater

 

Survivor Talk: In Our Voices

Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 12:30 pm

Magda Brown

Magda is from Miskolc, Hungary. In 1944, when she was 17 years old, she was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau on one of the final transports to Auschwitz along with her entire family.  Her parents died in the gas chambers. Her brother was the only family member to survive; he served in the Hungarian military’s Jewish labor force and was captured and imprisoned by the Russian army. In August of 1944, Magda was deported to Munchmuhle, Stadt Allendorf, Germany, where she worked in an ammunition factory that produced bombs and rockets. She was one of only 1,000 prisoners from Birkenau chosen for this job. In March 1945, Magda spent three days on a death march before was liberated in a nearby forest by the Sixth Armored Division of the US Army. She came to America in 1946 and arrived in Chicago in 1960.

 

 

Film & Discussion: “Defiant Requiem”

Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

International Day of Holocaust Rememberance

Maestro Murry Sidlin introduces his documentary that spotlights the story of Czech conductor Rafael Schächter, a prisoner in Terezin.  Schächter taught 150 fellow prisoners Verdi’s Requiem, which was performed more than a dozen times. The film features surviving members of the Terezin choir in a stirring tale of courage and resistance against persecution.

Terezin survivor Lisl Bogart will recall her time in the camp as part of the post-screening discussion.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

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Exhibition Opening

“Operation Finale” – The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann

Sunday, February 19, 2017 | 2:00 -3:30 pm
eichmannLearn the amazing history of the exhibition from its creators: Avner Avraham, Exhibition Curator and former Mossad agent; Orit Shaham Gover , Chief Curator of Beit Hatfutsot  – The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv; Ariel Efron, Media Creative Director, Gallagher and Associates; and Ellen Rudolph, Executive Director, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cleveland.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

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Live Performance: “Music and Art from Theresienstadt”

Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Soprano Rachel Joselson and pianist Rene Lecuona will perform selections by Viktor Ullmann and other composers who were prisoners of Nazi Germany in Terezin during the Holocaust. The concert is accompanied by a slide presentation of art created in Terezin.  Both Ms. Joselson and Ms. Lecuona are faculty members, in voice and piano respectively, at University of Iowa School of Music in Iowa City. Selections from their CD “Songs of the Holocaust” are featured in this concert.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

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Lecture

“Defiance” – Behind the Scenes, Growing Up Bielski

Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Michael “Mickey” Bielski shares his family’s experiences during the Holocaust.  Though we are somewhat familiar with the story from the feature film “Defiance,” Mickey, Tuvia’s son, provides special insights into this legendary Jewish partisan group.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

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FILM FESTIVAL

JCC CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAL

Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 10:00 – 9:30 PM

Join us to view remarkable documentary and feature films, each followed by audience discussion with local experts.   Screenings are expected to include documentaries  “No Asylum,” and  “Keep Quiet,” docudrama “Persona Non Grata,” and recent feature release “Denial,” which will feature post-film discussions with local personalities.

The Festival takes place from March 9-19 at a variety of venues in and around Chicago.

Tickets $12; $10 seniors/students. Reservations required. Exhibition access included.

Tickets and times will be available to purchase in the near future.

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Intelligence Challenges in the 21st Century

Sunday, March 19, 2017 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Former CIA official and expert on the Middle East and counterterrorism Melissa Boyle Mahle will discuss the national security challenges of the 21st Century.  She will share what our intelligence community is doing (and not doing) to get out in front of these steps to stop them before they stop us.

Free with Museum admission.  Reservations required.

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Film & Discussion

“The Eichmann Show”

Sunday, April 2, 2017 | 2:00 -3:30 pm

51bkolehelA 2015 BBC TV drama film based on the true story of how American TV producer Milton Fruchtman, and blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz came to broadcast the trail of Adolf Eichmann. WIth an expert discussion to follow.

 

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

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LECTURE

The investigation and Prosecution of Nazi and Genocide Criminals

Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Featuring the US DOJ Office of Special Investigations (OSI), which was primarily responsible for identifying, denaturalizing, and deporting Nazi war criminals from 1994-2010.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

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Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency

 

IL Arts Council

 

 

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