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

Interactive Survivor Experience

Every Saturday | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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

Pinchas will not be available April 30, May 28, or June 25.

Free with Museum admission.


Museum Architecture Tour: Symbolic By Design

April 30, May 8 & 28, June 12 & 25 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

architecture tourSee how renowned Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman infused every space in the Museum with historical and emotional symbolism.

Museum architecture tours take place every second Sunday and last Saturday of the month.

Free with Museum admission.



SURVIVOR TALK: Johanna Starkopf Brainin

Saturday, April 30  | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Take advantage of the unique opportunity to hear a Holocaust Survivor tell their story and answer questions. Survivor talks take place every second Sunday of the month and last Saturday of the month: April 10 & 30, May 8 & 28, June 12 & 25.

On October 16, 1940, Johanna’s parents’ apartment became part of the Warsaw Ghetto, where Johanna was born. To escape the ghetto, her parents staged her death as if Johanna died of typhus. The family then used the need to bury Johanna to escape the Ghetto.

Free with Museum admission.



Commemoration: Yom HaShoah 2016

Thursday, May 5 | 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, brings to the forefront events that took place more than 75 years ago, but which are remembered on a daily basis by those who survived this unprecedented assault on the Jews of Europe.

Join us as we respectfully honor the memory of the Six Million victims, salute those who risked their lives to aid Jews, recall the heroism of liberators, and thank the survivors for sharing their stories so that we might learn.  The program will feature a performance by virtuoso violinist David Lisker, as well as piano, cello and soprano pieces. There will be candle lighting by survivors and their descendants, Kaddish, and El Malei Rachamim chanted by cantorial soloist Adam Davis of Congregation Sukkat Shalom.

The program will be presented twice; the first presentation begins at 4:00pm, and will be repeated at 7:00pm.

Free to the public. Reservations required.

Sponsored by: Steen Metz

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Book & Author: Born Survivors

Tuesday, May 10 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Back by popular demand! We welcome author Wendy Holden for a presentation on her acclaimed nonfiction work, Born Survivors:  Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance and Hope. Holden’s book tells the astonishing true story of three women who conceived children during the Holocaust, hid their pregnancies and successfully gave birth at the time of their liberation in Mauthausen concentration camp.  The author will be joined by two of the “babies” whose remarkable entrance into the world is chronicled in her book.  Hana Berger Moran and Dr. Mark Olsky will share their stories and answer questions.  The program is followed by a book signing.  This presentation is back by popular demand, as it had a sold out crowd when presented in 2015.

Free with museum admission.  Reservations required.

Community Partners | Hadassah Chicago-North Shore, and University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

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Sunday, May 15

Check-in: 7:30  am
5K: 8:00  am
Kids 1K: 8:15  am

IHMEC-5K-434x293-033016Everyone can take a stand for humanity. Now you can take a running start too.

Help us continue to equip and empower teachers, students, and the public to speak out against prejudice, hatred, and indifference to make their communities and the world at large better places to live. Kids ages 12 and under are invited to participate in a 1K.

General Registration $35 | Member Registration $30 | Kids 1K Fun Run $18

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Film and Discussion: Munich ’72 and Beyond

Thursday, May 26 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

The power of documentary film is evident in  “Munich ’72 and Beyond,” which tells the story of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich by Black September terrorists from a faction of the PLO. The screening will be enhanced by remarks from the film’s executive producer, Dr. Steven Ungerleider, who also serves as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s panel for sport psychology and is a consultant to the International Olympic Committee.  His organization, the Foundation for Global Sports, is also part of the effort to erect a memorial in Munich, scheduled for completion next fall, in cooperation with the Bavarian state government, German federal government and the IOC.

Free with museum admission.  Reservations required.

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Film & Discussion: Inheritance

Sunday, June 19 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

“Inheritance” is a compelling documentary about Monika Hertwig, daughter of Amon Goeth, the Nazi commandant of Plaszow concentration camp, and her journey to accept the truth about her father’s past.  In an effort to secure information, Monika seeks out Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig, one of Goeth’s former prisoners. The meeting of these two women provides an unforgettable juxtaposition of history and legacy.

The post-screening discussion will be led by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor Christopher D. Benson, whose special interest in the film led him to create a play based on “Inheritance.”

Free with museum admission. Reservations required.

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Film & Discussion: Liga Terezín

Thursday, July 28 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

A deeply moving documentary about a team of Jewish soccer players in the Terezín ghetto, who played for their lives.

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Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency


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