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.



July 15-21: Sam Harris

July 22: Izzy Starck’s holograph will be shown all day for the public in conjunction with the Tisha B’Av observance

July 23-28: Pinchas Gutter 

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



Architecture Tour: Symbolic by Design

July 28,  August 12, August 25, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Architecture Tours take place every second Sunday and last Saturday of every month.





WORLD PREMIERE Exhibition Opening:  Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory.

Thursday, July 19, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Community Partners: Association of the Descendants of the Shoah-Illinois; Bosnian – American Genocide Institute and Education Center ; Bosnian – American Genocide Institute and Education Center ; Cambodian Association of Illinois/National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial; Iraqi Mutual Aid Society; Roosevelt University Gage Gallery; Sheérit HaPleitah of Metropolitan Chicago

When you’ve lost everything, a single object can take on extraordinary meaning. 

Stories of Survival is a landmark exhibit that showcases more than 60 never-before-seen personal items brought to America by Survivors of the Holocaust and genocide. Each artifact is dramatically showcased alongside oversized photographs by renowned documentarian Jim Lommasson with handwritten responses by Survivors or their family members.

The objects are as every day as a baby doll and a black suitcase and as symbolic as a young mother’s cookbook and a wedding announcement—saved by local Survivors from genocides around the world, including Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Iraq, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Syria. 

Free with Museum Admission.


Meet Holocaust Survivor Barney Sidler

Saturday, July 28, 12:30 – 1:30 pm 

Barney was born in March 1933 in Demblin, Poland. He was 6 years old when the Nazis occupied Poland and the war broke out.  In March 1940, an area of Demblin was converted into an open ghetto where Barney and his family lived in a 3 room apartment with 10 other people. In January 1941, the Nazis liquated the ghetto and Barney was transferred to a forced labor camp on the outskirts of town. He remained in the camp until December 1944 (11 years old) and was then deported to the Warta concentration camp, a sub camp of Czestochowa. In January 1945, Barney was deported to Buchenwald and remained there until liberation in May 1945. He was one of the youngest children liberated from the camp, at 12 years of age. In October 1949, Barney, through the help of HIAS, immigrated to the U.S.



Unlocking Holocaust – Era Family Records

Sunday, July 29, 2:00 pm

Community Partners: JGSI, Midwest Regional Office of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Researching individuals with United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Resources.

Join us as Dr. Diane Afoumado reveals how the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center staff at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum assist people from all over the world to find their families and learn their fate using the International Tracing Service collection and the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database.

Attendees also will have the unique opportunity to reserve a half-hour research session with Dr. Afoumado and Sara-Joelle Clark, Information Retrieval Specialist, at the offices of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Highland Park on July 30, 31, and August 1.

Dr. Afoumado is Chief of the Research and Reference Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

Free to members of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois.

Free with Museum admission.


U.S. Film Premiere: The Interpreter

Thursday, August 2, 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Presented in partnership with JCC Chicago and in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, Honorary Consulate of Slovakia in Chicago, Honorary Consulate of Austria in Chicago

This feature film starring Academy Award-winning director Jiri Menzel and Peter Simonischek brings together an unusual duo: the son of Holocaust victims and the son of the SS officer responsible for their deaths. These members of the next generation travel together to Slovakia to meet surviving witnesses of the wartime tragedy. A talkback with Holocaust Survivors follows the screening. 

Sold out. This event has reached capacity.


Family Art Program: Bring your family heirloom to life

Sunday, August 12, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

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

Treasured objects are often passed down through families to remind us of shared favorite memories, traditions and culture. Bring a favorite family keepsake,  or a printed photo of one, and join master storyteller Susan Stone and facilitator Amanda Friedeman, who will help you create a work of art and storytelling together as a family. Who owned it? Where was it found? Why is it so important?

Every object has a tale to tell. Recommended for kids ages 5-15 and their favorite adults.

Free with Admission


Film & Discussion: 13 minutes

Sunday, August 19, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Timing is everything. Georg Elser rigs a bomb meant to kill Hitler on November 9, 1939, but the device explodes 13 minutes after Hitler leaves the hall.

This true story of a failed assassination and the man who came to be regarded as a hero of the German resistance. 13 Minutes makes one wonder: What if?

Free with Admission


What is Truth? A conversation with Cardinal Cupich

Monday, August 27, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Concern is growing regarding adherence to truth telling in contemporary public discourse.  Even the preliminary question of “What is truth?” seems up for debate.  Join us for a special screening of 2016 feature film Denial, followed by a powerful conversation that will examine the importance of truth-telling in public dialogue and the peril of its opposite. 

Panel discussion between His Eminence Cardinal Blase Cupich,   Archdiocese of Chicago, Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon of  Sukkat Shalom and moderated by  E.J. Dionne, Jr., Op-Ed columnist, The Washington Post.

Free, reservations required.



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)

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.


Babiy Yar Commemoration

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

Sunday, September 30, 1:30-3:30 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.


Reservations TBD.

Friends, Fun & Games

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

The Museum invites you to join our 2nd annual day of friends, fun and games including Mahjong and Canasta.

Lunch will be served. Last year we SOLD OUT.

Questions? Contact Lisabeth at 847.967.4505 or email to reserve your spot.


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.


FILM & DISCUSSION U.S. Pre-Preview – The Good Nazi

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.


Live Performance: Original Production

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

Writers Theater, Glencoe, presents an original play that weaves together Survivor testimonies, history and the stories behind some of the objects in Stories of Survival.

Reservations Required.  Free to Members.


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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