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.




September 9 – 15: Sam Harris
September 16 – 22: Pinchas Gutter
September 23 – 29: Aaron Elster
September 30 – October 6: Fritzie Fritzshall
October 7 – 13: Sam Harris
October 14 – 20: Pinchas Gutter

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



Architecture Tour: Symbolic by Design

September 29, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

October 14 & 27, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

November 11 & 24, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

December 9 & 29, 11:00 – 12:00 pm




Book & Author: A World Erased: A Grandson’s Search for His Family’s Holocaust Secrets

Thursday, September 27, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Community Partner: ADSI (Association of Descendants of the Shoah – Illinois; The Hillels of Illinois)

When Noah Lederman was a child, his Holocaust Survivor grandparents gave him the PG-version of their stories, but Noah craved more. After his grandfather’s death, his grandmother could do little more than mourn. Surprisingly, after Noah shared aspects of his post-college travels in Poland with her, memories she had buried for decades surfaced. Meet Noah, whose writing has been featured in publications like the Chicago Sun-Times and the Washington Post, and learn about his poignant memoir that transports readers from his grandparents’ kitchen table in Brooklyn to World War II Poland. 

A book signing follows.

Reservations required.  Free with Museum admission.


Survivor Talk – Sharon Pitluck Silver

Saturday, September 29, 12:30pm

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, with whom she lived for the next three years. In May 1945, Sharon’s uncle, the only other survivor of the family, came to retrieve her from the couple. They refused to give Sharon up, leading 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 unsuccessfully searching for any other surviving relatives, he and Sharon left for the United States.

Free with admission. No reservations required.




Babiy Yar Commemoration

Never Heard Never Forget: The Holocaust in the Former Soviet Union

Sunday, September 30, 2:00-4:00 pm

Co-Presented with: Holocaust Community Services/ CJE SeniorLife

On the 77th Anniversary of the Babiy Yar Massacre, we commemorate the Holocaust in the former Soviet Union. Please join us for a program featuring music by the Campanella Children’s Choir, a keynote address by Dr. Elliot Lefkovitz, Holocaust educator and testimony interviewer, and book signings by Survivors featured in Never Heard ~ Never Forget, a joint publication of
Holocaust Community Services, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Reklama.

Reservations required. Free to the public.




Live Performance: Scenes from Indecent

Tuesday, October 2, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Cast members from the Victory Gardens Theater production perform selections from Paula Vogel’s play Indecent then discuss the responsibility of the artist in times of injustice, oppression and censorship – #WhyArtMatters

Reservations required.  Free with Museum Admission.







Survivor Talk – Steen Metz

Sunday, October 7, 12:30 pm

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 October 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.

Please join us for a special presentation by Danish Holocaust survivor Steen Metz to mark the 75th commemoration of the deportation of the Jews of Denmark to Terezin concentration camp.

Free with admission. No reservations required.



Opening Event for Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro

Sunday, October 7, 2:00-3:30 pm

Supporting Sponsors: Brenda and Lance Feis; Illinois Arts Council Agency; David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Additional Funders: Brian and Gail Boorstein; The Golder Family Foundation supports all Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions.

Community Partner: Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.

Renowned Chicago-based photographer Steve Schapiro has given history a human face throughout his career as a widely published photographer for Life, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and numerous others. Visitors to this exhibit will experience the civil rights movement, as well as vivid portraits of celebrities who challenged—and changed—our cultural norms.

Schapiro spent days and weeks with many of his subjects, some of whom—Robert Kennedy, James Baldwin and David Bowie—became his close friends. These relationships add

depth to the historic moments he captured. Hear Schapiro’s stories derived from the tumult of the 1960s and his career photographing historical icons and change-makers.

Moderating this opening event will be guest curator and civil rights historian Erik S. Gellman, Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who observes:

“Schapiro documented the civil rights movement with care and intimacy, unlike others who arrived at a pivotal moment and left once they got the shot.”

Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro is a project of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. All images © Steve Schapiro courtesy of Fahey Klein Gallery.

Reservations required.  Free with Museum admission.


Special Presentation: Christian Picciolini

Thursday, October 11, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Author of White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement – and How I Got Out.

Christian Picciolini – an award-winning television producer, public speaker, author, peace advocate, and former violent extremist – speaks of his former devotion to hatred, what changed his outlook, and how he left the ranks of the White Supremacist movement he helped create during his youth.  A book signing follows the presentation.

Reservations required.  Free with Museum admission.



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Chicago YIVO Society: Grand Tango Duo: From Tango to Klezmer

Sunday, October 14, 1:30 – 3:00pm

Community Partner: Chicago YIVO Society

This special concert, honoring the memory of beloved Chicago music teacher Sarah Lazarus, features a performance by Carl Algermissen, piano, and Ethan Lazarus, cello.  Selections will include Tango music, Jewish music, and Klezmer music.

Non-members – $10.00

Museum Members – Free

Reservations required.


Friends, Fun & Games

Tuesday, October 16, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

SOLD OUT. To be placed on a waiting list, please contact Lisabeth at 847.967.4505 or email






Community Building: Evening of Unity

Thursday, October 25, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

State Senator Julie Morrison explores the challenges faced by immigrant children in the U.S. today and explains how, together, we can help them.  Rev. Dr. Norval Brown, Senior Pastor, Christ United Methodist Church, Deerfield, moderates with a panel drawn from the fields of education, law, and social services.

Free to the public

Reservations required.



Survivor Speaker – Matus Stolov

Saturday, October 27, 12:30pm

Matus was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1928, the son of Polish Jewish parents. When Germany invaded in June 1941, Matus, his mother, and his older brother tried to escape eastward. They ran for a train and the two sons were able to jump aboard; when the mother couldn’t make it, Matus jumped down and stayed with her. A month later, a ghetto was established in Minsk. By the fall of 1942, Matus’ aunt arranged for false papers for Matus and his mother through the underground. Walking at night, they eventually reached the partisans but were sent with a group of underground fighters into the unoccupied zone of the Soviet Union. Walking for over a month and eating whatever food they could find, they eventually crossed the front line and met Soviet soldiers who effectively liberated them. After the war, they returned to Minsk and Matus resumed his education. Despite obstacles because he was Jewish, he became an engineer. After deciding to emigrate as a refusenik, the family was increasingly persecuted until finally being allowed to leave. The Stolov family arrived in Chicago in April 1982 on the second day of Passover and celebrated their first seder.

Free with admission. No reservations required.


FILM & DISCUSSION Chicago Premiere : NANA

Sunday, October 28, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

NANA is a feature-length transgenerational documentary. Filmmaker Serena Dyamant retraces the Auschwitz survival story of her grandmother, Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant. Along with her mother, Serena explores how Maryla’s fight against intolerance can continue to combat intolerance, racism and antisemitism. A discussion with Serena Dyamant follows the screening.

Reservations required. Free with admission.




Donald & Sue Pritzker Voices of Conscience Lecture – Mohammed Al Samawi, Justin Hefter and Daniel Pincus

Thursday, November 1, 2018 , 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Community Partner: Children of Abraham Coalition

Presented by: Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

As a young Muslim in Yemen, Mohammed Al Samawi’s promotion of interfaith dialogue brought death threats.  It also led to the remarkable effort of four young people to secure the release of a man they barely knew.

Join us for a conversation with Mohammed Al Samawi, author of The Fox Hunt and Upstanders Justin Hefter and Daniel Pincus.  The program will be moderated by John Sexton, Preseident Emeritus, New York University.  Book signing to follow.

Tickets are $12 for members, and $15 for non-members.




Sunday, November 4, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

The Good Nazi is a 50 minute television documentary that chronicles the scientific work of a joint US-Canadian-Israeli-Lithuanian research team in July, 2017 on a site, HKP 562, a Nazi labor camp on the outskirts of Vilnius where the largest number of Vilna Ghetto Jews survived thanks to the efforts of a compassionate Nazi Officer, Major Karl Plagge. Lead archaeologist for the project, Dr. Richard Freund of the University of Hartford, will provide insights.

Reservations required.  Free with admission.


KRISTALLNACHT COMMEMORATION – Distorting the Memory of the Shoah 

Wednesday, November 7, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Those who seek to discredit the facts of the Holocaust are a clear and present danger to the memory of the Shoah. Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs, Simon Wiesenthal Center,  will discuss these attempts to distort or whitewash history, and what can be done to diminish their impact.

Reservations required. Free to the public.



Family Program: Everyday Objects, Cherished Memories

Sunday, November 18, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Community Partners: Apachi J Camp Rogers Park; Apachi J Camp Skokie; Evanston Public Library; Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois; Teen@JUF; Skokie Public Library; Springboard

Everyday objects can become important family keepsakes, preserving shared history and cultural traditions to be passed on through generations.  Using photography, drawing, and storytelling techniques, put your own spin on a treasured family story. Bring a family keepsake, or a printed photo, and create a unique holiday gift to share with your loved ones. Facilitated by master storyteller Susan Stone and Amanda Friedeman.

Recommended for kids ages 8-12 and their favorite adults. Siblings welcome.

Free with Museum Admission


Lecture: Pfeffer Family Forum, 2018

Thursday, November 29, 6:30-8:00 pm

Polish complicity in the Holocaust has long been researched and debated. In his book Neighbors published in 2000, sociologist and historian Jan T. Gross explored the 1941 massacre of Jew by Poles in Jedwabne, deeply affecting debate about Polish-Jewish relations.  A recent Polish law making it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity in Nazi crimes poses new challenges.  Dr. Benjamin Frommer, Associate Professor, Northwestern University, moderates a conversation with Gross on the role of historical memory and the legacy of Poland’s complicated past.

Free with Museum Admission.

Reservations required.



Live Performance: Original Production

Sunday, December 9, 2:00-3:30 pm

Writers Theatre presents an original dramatic work by Chicago-based playwright Isaac Gomez that weaves together Survivor testimonies, history, and stories behind objects featured in the exhibition Stories of Survival. A Q&A with Geoff Button, Associate Artistic Director of Writers Theatre, and the cast follows the performance.

Reservations Required.  Free to Members.


Book & Author- The Holocaust and North Africa

Thursday, December 13, 6:30 -8:00 pm

Muslim and Jewish politics, literature, and memory reflect what occurred across North Africa during World War II.  In cooperation with the Consulate General of Morocco in Chicago, we present Dr. Aomar Boum, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, who will discuss this pivotal episode in Holocaust history.  A book signing will follow.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.




LIVE PERFORMANCE World Premiere – The Cambodian Genocide Through Theater & Music

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 2:00-3:30 pm

Artists from the Victory Gardens Theater production of Lauren Yee‘s Cambodian Rock Band discuss the music that inspired the show, and the process they used to develop the play.

Reservations required. Free with admission.




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