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.

 

 

 

March 17 – 23: Fritzie Fritzshall

March 24 – 30: Sam Harris

March 31 – April 4: Pinchas Gutter

*Debut of Eva Kor’s hologram on the evening of April 4th

April 5 – 7: Eva Kor

April 8 – 13: Aaron Elster

April 14 – 20: Fritzie Fritzshall

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

 
 
 

 

Architecture Tour: Symbolic by Design

March  30, 11:00 – 12:00 pm

April 14 & 27, 11:00 – 12:00 pm

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

June 9 & 29, 11:00 – 12:00 pm

 

 

Film & Discussion: Eva: A-7063

Thursday, March 28, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Eva: A-7063 is the incredible true story of an Auschwitz survivor’s journey to forgiveness and healing. At the age of 10, Eva Mozes Kor fought to stay alive inside the concentration camp where she and her sister Miriam were subjected to Mengele’s experiments on twins. Eva shares her story in this powerful documentary about healing and empowerment. Narrated by Ed Asner, the documentary serves as a tool for discussing difficult history, discovering shared values, and encouraging peace and kindness.

Award-winning filmmaker Ted Green and Eva’s son, Dr. Alex Kor will talk about the remarkable journey of Eva and the making of this documentary.

 

Free with Museum admission

Reservations required

    Presented in cooperation with WTTW.

 

 

 

Survivor Speaker: Doris Fogel

Saturday, March 30, 12:30 pm

Doris Fogel was born in 1934 in Berlin, Germany. Her father died when Doris was a toddler. When Doris was 4 years old, she and her mother, along with close friends whom Doris considered to be her “aunt” and “uncle,” obtained permits and travelled to Shanghai. Once there, the two families lived together in a one room apartment in the Shanghai ghetto, and Doris’ mother found work in a soup kitchen. After the war, they were sponsored by an American couple and boarded a ship for California on Doris’ 13th birthday. They settled in Peoria, Illinois.

 

No reservations required. Free with Museum admission.

 

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE – ShPIeL Performing Identity Theatre Presents: The Green Book

Sunday, March 31, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Community Partner: ShPIeL Performing Identity Theatre

The Green Book, a play by Calvin A. Ramsey, tells the story of an African-American family who opens their home to black travelers in the south during the Jim Crow era. The appearance of a white visitor, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, sets off a chain of events that reveals that racism and anti-Semitism cannot be ignored. See the original story and participate in a discussion with producer/co-adaptor David Chack, director/co-adaptor Ilesa Duncan, and the cast.

 

 

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required

SOLD OUT 

 

10th Anniversary Celebration: The Future of Holocaust Memory in Museums

Thursday, April 4, 4:30 – 7:45 pm

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, join us for the Chicago premier of Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor’s interactive hologram, featuring Dimensions in Testimony, developed by USC Shoah Foundation in association with Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Following the premier join us for a conversation with Susan Abrams, CEO, Illinois Holocaust Museum, Eva Kor, Mengele Twin Survivor and Founder of CANDLES Holocaust Museum, and Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Holocaust scholar and Co-Curator of Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition, as they discuss the trajectory of Holocaust memory and education through the use of technology, storytelling, and digital interactives.

 

 

Eva Hologram Showing: 4:30 – 5:15 pm, 5:45 – 6:30 pm
Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience

Reception with Champagne toast and Remarks from Museum Leadership: 6:30 – 7:00 pm

Panel Discussion: 7:00 – 7:45 pm

 

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required

 

 

 

Commemoration: 100th Commemoration of the Great Catastrophe

Sunday, April 7, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Co-presenters : Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center and The Pontian Greek Society of Chicago

Community Partners:  Anatolia College, ANC of Illinois, Consulate General of Greece in Chicago, Greek Orthodox Metropolis Chicago, Pan-Pontian Federation of USA and Canada, and Pan-Pontian Youth Association USA and Canada

Few today know of one of the first genocides of the twentieth century committed against the Greeks of the Black Sea, Pontos, and Asia Minor.  Rooted in ethnic and religious intolerance against Christian minorities, Ottoman Turkey committed brutal atrocities against its Greek population between 1913 and 1923.

We invited you to a symposium featuring scholars reflecting upon history, a legacy of loss, and the diaspora experience today: Theodosios Kyriakidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Fatma Müge Göçek, University of Michigan; George Shirinian, The Zoryan Institute; and Alexander Kitreoff, Haverford College, PA.

 

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Book & Author: Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust and David Duke’s Louisiana

Thursday, April 11, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Community Partners: ADL, Christian Picciolini

Holocaust Survivor Anne Levy began to share her experiences as part of her effort to derail the 1991 Louisiana gubernatorial campaign of reputed neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Author and Tulane University History professor emeritus Lawrence N. Powell shares her story. Book signing to follow.

 

 

 

Free with Museum Admission

Reservations required

Survivor Speaker: Ernst K. “Ernie” Heimann

Saturday, April 14, 12:30 pm

Ernst “Ernie” Heimann was born in 1929 in Mainz, Germany (30 miles west of Frankfurt).  During Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938, Ernie’s school and synagogue was destroyed. In the aftermath of these events, his parents knew that they had to get Ernie out of Germany. On February 1, 1939, Ernie was placed on a Kindertransport to England. His maternal aunt, who lived in England and sponsored him, arranged for Ernie to live with an English family just outside of London. In September 1939, Ernie and others from his village were evacuated to the countryside because of the bombing in London. Ernie would remain in England for four years, until he came to the U.S. in 1943. 

Free with Museum Admission

No 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: TBA

Sunday, May 12, 12:30 pm

 

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

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 with Museum admission

Reservations required

 

Survivor Speaker: TBA

Saturday, May 25, 12:30 pm

 

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

 

 

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

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 though-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

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