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 on the hour 11 am–4 pm (last screening at 4 pm) | THURSDAYS on the hour 11 am–5 pm (last screening at 5 pm) | WEEKENDS 10:15 am & on the hour 11 am–4 pm (last screening at 4 pm)

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

 

 

 
 

 

Women’s History Month at the Museum

Special Tour: Women in the Holocaust

Every Saturday in March, 12:00 pm

This enhanced tour tells the story of the Holocaust through the eyes of the women in occupied Europe.

Illuminating narrative explores the pre-war roles of women and responsibilities and how they changed as the war ensued including migration, hiding, treatment in the ghettos and camps, resistance, and lessons for future generations.

Free with Museum admission. Free for Members. 
To schedule a tour for a group of 10 or more people, please email Sharon.Fine@ilhmec.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Survivor Talk: Matus Stolov

Saturday, February 24, 12:30 -1:30 pm

Born in Minsk, Belarus, the son of Polish Jewish parents, Matus Stolov’s experience highlights the little-known story of the Holocaust in the Nazi-occupied territories of the Former Soviet Union. Matus and his mother were interned in the Minsk ghetto but were able to escape and eventually cross into Soviet-controlled territory with the help of false identity papers secured by his non-Jewish aunt. After the war, Matus continued his education despite continuing antisemitism and became an engineer. Matus and his family came to Chicago as refuseniks in the early 1980s.

Free with Museum admission. Free for Members. Reservations not required.

 

 

 

Live Performance

We Are the White Rose: Teen Voices of Resistance

Sunday, February 25, 2:00 -3:30 pm

Community Partner: Skokie Public Library

Teens from local junior highs and high schools perform an original play based on contemporary upstanders, and the courageous student resistance movement, the “White Rose,” one of the few German groups that spoke out against Nazi genocidal policies during the Holocaust.

A talk back with the cast follows.

Free with Museum admission. Free for Members. Reservations required.

 

 

 

Book & Author

The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust

Sunday, March 4, 2:00 -3:30 pm

Community Partner: Anti-Defamation League

Amos N. Guiora, University of Utah law professor and retired lieutenant colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, uses lessons learned from the Holocaust to show the consequences of non-intervention in this recent book, The Crime of Complicity.  Guiora brings the issue into current perspective with such examples as sexual assaults on campus and other cases.

A book signing follows.

Free with Museum admission. Free for Members. Reservations required.

 

 

Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Wednesday, March 7
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 W. Wacker Dr. 
Reception 5PM   Dinner 6PM

Join us for one of Chicago’s largest gatherings of Holocaust Survivors and hear from keynote speaker The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1997-2007).

The Museum presents the Humanitarian Awards to Mitchell Feiger, President & CEO, MB Financial, INC.; and Pamela L. Netzky, Founder & Former President, Skinnypop Popcorn, now Amplify Snack Brands; and the Distinguished Community Leadership Award to the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, represented by David D. Hiller, President & CEO.

 

 

 

Survivor Talk: Kurt Gutfreund

Sunday, March 11, 12:30 -1:30 pm

Kurt Gutfreund was born in January 1938 in Vienna, Austria.  Kurt and his mother were able to survive in hiding until the end of 1942, when they were arrested and deported to the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.  Kurt and his mother would survive in Terezin until their liberation 1945.

Free with Museum admission. Free for Members. Reservations not required.

 

 

 

 

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, March 11, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

The fifth annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival features the finest in recent film offerings with Jewish themes.  See one, two or more feature or documentary films, each followed by an audience discussion. 

10:30 am | Destination Unknown Reserve my spot>
12:30 pm | Vitch  Reserve my spot>
2:30 pm | 1945 Reserve my spot>
5:00 pm | Zuzana: Music Is Life Reserve my spot>

Click here to see more about each film.

$13 adults, $11 seniors and students. Call 847.763.3507 with questions.

 

Special Presentation

If Not Now, When?: Impact and Response to the Rohingya Genocide

Thursday, March 15, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Community Partners : Bosnian American Genocide Institute & Education Center, Illinois Holocaust & Genocide Commission, Muslim Community Center Interfaith & Outreach Committee, Rohingya Cultural Center Chicago,  Unsilence,  Chicago South Sudanese Community Center, American Jewish World Service, and the  National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial

The international efforts and responses to the genocide of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar (formerly Burma), raises challenging questions. Facing increasing persecution, escalating violence, forced statelessness, and innumerable restrictions at the hands of the state the Rohingya have experienced ongoing atrocities.

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion to understand the crisis, its impact, and learn what we can do- here in the United States- to ensure the Rohingya people can live with health, safety and dignity.

In Conversation With Dr. Azeem Ibrahim, Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute at US Army War College, Senior Fellow at the  Centre for Global Policy in Washington, and  Author of The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide , Dr. Mohammed Zaher Sahloul,  MedGlobal, Cofounder and President. President Emeritus of the Syrian American Medical Society, SAMS, and moderated by  Shoshana Buchholz-Miller, Vice President of Education and Exhibitions, IHMEC

Free to the public. Reservations required.

 

 

 

Live Performance

Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark

Monday, March 26, 7:00 pm

In partnership with Lookingglass Theatre Company, we present Ariel Dorfman’s play Voices from Beyond the Dark, based on Kerry Kennedy’s interviews with a wide range of global activists. This powerful drama featuring Chicago’s finest actors examines how evil can be overcome with determination and passion..

$20 Non-Members. $10 Members. Reservations required.

 

 

 

Commemoration: Yom Hashoah 

Remembering the Holocaust

Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 PM -8:30 PM

Community Partners: Sheerit Hapleitah of Metropolitan Chicago, ADSI (Association of Descendants of the Shoah – Illinois)

Renowned violinist David Lisker performs alongside spoken word poet and Northwestern Theatre Professor Rives Collins as he reads moving excerpts from the diaries of young people during the Holocaust.  A candle lighting by Holocaust Survivors and descendants is accompanied by prayer and song by Hazzan Ben Tisser of Highland Park’s North Suburban Synagogue Beth El.

Free and open to the public. Reservations required.

 

Armenian Genocide Remembrance

Memoirs of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Turkish Army

Sunday, April 15, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Community Partner: ANCA of Illinois

The new book Forced into Genocide recalls Yervant Alexanian’s death-defying experiences in the center of the Armenian Genocide.  The memoir includes never-be-fore-seen photos preserved by the author.  Meet Yervant’s daughter Adrienne G. Alexanian – the memoir’s translator – as she shares insights from this riveting first-person account of the astonishing cruelty of the genocide, and its rare, unexpected acts of humanity.  A book signing follows.

Free for Members.  Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

 

Meet the Author: Fritz Bauer 1903-1968, A Biography

Thursday, April 26, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Community Partners: Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

Holocaust Survivor Fritz Bauer brought notorious Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann to trial and subsequent execution and put Nazis who ran Auschwitz in court for the first time in Germany.  Don’t miss this riveting discussion between biographer, German historian and founding director of the Nazi Documentation Center in Munich, Dr. Irmtrud Wojak, who will reveal her research on Fritz Bauer during a riveting conversation with German Historian Anette Isaacs.  A book signing follows.

Free and open to the public.  Reservations required.

 

Young Professional Committee Spring Event: 3rd Annual Race for Humanity 5K

Sunday, May 6, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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

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

From Page to Stage: Train

Thursday, May 17, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Community Partners: Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Northlight Theatre

An original play inspired by Danny M. Cohen‘s book Train – the young adult thriller about the six teenagers who witnessed and tried to escape the Nazi round-ups in 1943 Berlin – is performed by students of Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School.  This special performance gives voice to lesser heard victims of Nazism – the Roma, the disabled, homosexuals, intermarried Jews and political enemies of the regime.  A talk back with he actors and author follows.

Free to Members. Free with Museum admission.  Reservations required.

 

Special Presentation: The Dilemma of Free Speech: From Skokie to Charlottesville

Thursday, May 31, 6:30 PM -8:00 PM

Community Partners:

Do Nazis have free speech rights?  Jason C.  DeSanto, Senior Lecturer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, will examine the First Amendment, both as related to the attempted Neo-Nazi March in Skokie 1978 and in regard to more current events and concerns tied to societal issues and individual rights.

Free to Members. Free with Museum admission.  Reservations required.

 

Special Event: Israel at 70

Thursday, June 7, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

A panel of Holocaust Survivors who emigrated to Israel after World War II discuss rebuilding their lives in the new Jewish state.  They will be joined by Consul General of Israel Aviv Ezra, who will highlight the role Survivors have played from 1948 to the present day.

Community Partners: Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest

Free to Members. Free with Museum admission.  Reservations required.

LGBTQ Awareness: The Right Side of History?  LGBTQ Human Rights Worldwide

Sunday, June 10, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Community Partners: Equality Illinois, Windy City Media

Across the globe, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people (LGBTQ) continue to face violence, legal discrimination, inequality, and other human rights violations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Join us for a thought-provoking conversation as we explore the history, early battles, defeats, and victories in the struggle to acheive equality, and learn what we can do to stand in full solidarity to defend human rights for all LGBTQ people.

Free to Members. Free with Museum admission.  Reservations required.

 

World Refugee Day: Refugees at Risk – Their Plight, Our Responsibility

Thursday, June 20, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Community Partners:

Violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives every day somewhere on this globe.  A description of who needs help and how best to render it will be shared by the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

Free to Members. Free with Museum admission.  Reservations required.

 

 

 

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