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Virtual Exhibition Tour

MANDELA: STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM  

Sunday, April 11,  2:00 pm Central Time

Nelson Mandela was one of the most famous human rights defenders of the 20th-century and the face of a movement against racial injustice. His unbreakable will inspired people around the globe to mobilize for human rights and contributed to a worldwide crusade demanding racial equality. A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, Mandela devoted his life to fighting apartheid and creating a more just society.

Join a virtual public tour of the new special exhibition, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom. The exhibit traces the history of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, with Nelson Mandela as one of its central figures. The virtual public tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and live Q&A moderated by Museum personnel.

You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the tour in advance of your selected date.

Presenting Sponsors:

Supporters: Jenner & Block; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation; Brenda & Lance Feis.

Contributors: Chicago Bulls; Ernst & Young LLP; Nicor Gas; Victory Park Capital Advisors; In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum; Mitch & Cathy Feiger; Hackner Family; Jill & Rob Selati.

Additional Funders: Golder Family Foundation; Keith & Caryl Jaffee; PwC; Judith & William Rader and Family; Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation; Ilan & Rebekah Shalit; Rachel Brosnahan; Lance and Angela Donenberg; Lifeway Foods; North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Mosaic Construction; North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club; Quarles & Brady LLP; Laura Elizabeth Tanner.

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

 

Members: Free; Non-members: $10

 

 

Virtual Program

Book & Author:  “The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos

Sunday, April 11, 3:30 pm Central Time

Community Partners: The SelfHelp Home; Women’s Studies & Gender Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago; Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Northeastern Illinois University; Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh

The hidden resistance efforts of Jewish women in ghettos during Nazi occupation are one of the most extraordinary and often-overlooked stories about World War II and the Holocaust. The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos, the soon to be released book already optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture, shares the defiance and rebellion of women who worked together and risked their lives in the fight for justice and liberty.

The Light of Days shares an essential and inspirational truth for the cultural moment we’re living in today: small but essential victories are possible.

We invite you to us for a conversation with The Light of Days author, Judy Batalion, about female agency in World War II and the Holocaust. Don’t miss her insights about the incredible trove of epic yet intimate resistance stories, revealing the ingenuity and tenacity of young women and underscoring how their movement was larger and more organized than the annals of history have recorded—until now.

Free to the public

Reservations required

This program is made possible with the generous support of Harvey L. Miller and Jack Miller, in loving memory of their parents, Ida and Ben Miller, and their brother, Arnold Miller.

 

Virtual “One Museum, One Book” Book Club

ANTISEMITISM: HERE AND NOW, BY DEBORAH E. LIPSTADT

Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 pm Central Time

Over the last decade, there has been a noticeable uptick in antisemitic rhetoric and incidents by left-wing groups targeting Jewish students and Jewish organizations on American college campuses. And the reemergence of the white nationalist movement in America, complete with Nazi slogans and imagery, has been reminiscent of the horrific fascist displays of the 1930s. Throughout Europe, Jews have been attacked by terrorists, and some have been murdered.

Where is all this hatred coming from? Is there any significant difference between left-wing and right-wing antisemitism? What role has the anti-Zionist movement played? And what can be done to combat the latest manifestations of an ancient hatred?

In a series of letters to an imagined college student and imagined colleague, both of whom are perplexed by this resurgence, acclaimed historian Deborah Lipstadt gives us her own superbly reasoned, brilliantly argued, and certain to be controversial responses to these troubling questions.

Click here to buy Antisemitism: Here and Now from our online shop

 

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Virtual Exhibition Tour

MANDELA: STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM  

Wednesday, April 21, 10:30 am Central Time

Nelson Mandela was one of the most famous human rights defenders of the 20th-century and the face of a movement against racial injustice. His unbreakable will inspired people around the globe to mobilize for human rights and contributed to a worldwide crusade demanding racial equality. A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, Mandela devoted his life to fighting apartheid and creating a more just society.

Join a virtual public tour of the new special exhibition, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom. The exhibit traces the history of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, with Nelson Mandela as one of its central figures. The virtual public tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and live Q&A moderated by Museum personnel.

You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the tour in advance of your selected date.

Presenting Sponsors:

Supporters: Jenner & Block; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation; Brenda & Lance Feis.

Contributors: Chicago Bulls; Ernst & Young LLP; Nicor Gas; Victory Park Capital Advisors; In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum; Mitch & Cathy Feiger; Hackner Family; Jill & Rob Selati.

Additional Funders: Golder Family Foundation; Keith & Caryl Jaffee; PwC; Judith & William Rader and Family; Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation; Ilan & Rebekah Shalit; Rachel Brosnahan; Lance and Angela Donenberg; Lifeway Foods; North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Mosaic Construction; North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club; Quarles & Brady LLP; Laura Elizabeth Tanner.

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

 

Panel Discussion 

Justice Delayed: Wrongful Incarceration from Mandela to Today  

Thursday, April 22, 6:30pm Central Time

As it was when Mandela was imprisoned nearly 60 years ago, the who, what, where, when, and why of incarceration remains a challenging topic. We invite you to a powerful dialogue about ending injustice in our prison and legal systems with Floyd Stafford, Sr. Project Manager National Initiatives – Research & Policy at Heartland Alliance and Co-founder of The Alumni Association, a peer support network for the formerly incarcerated. La Tanya Jenifor-Sublett, Community Activist who was wrongfully convicted & incarcerated, and Dr. Lisa Lee, Executive Director, National Public Housing Museum and Teacher at Statesville Prison will join Mr. Stafford. 

Presenting Sponsors:

Supporters: Jenner & Block; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation; Brenda & Lance Feis.

Contributors: Chicago Bulls; Ernst & Young LLP; Nicor Gas; Victory Park Capital Advisors; In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum; Mitch & Cathy Feiger; Hackner Family; Jill & Rob Selati.

Additional Funders: Golder Family Foundation; Keith & Caryl Jaffee; PwC; Judith & William Rader and Family; Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation; Ilan & Rebekah Shalit; Rachel Brosnahan; Lance and Angela Donenberg; Lifeway Foods; North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Mosaic Construction; North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club; Quarles & Brady LLP; Laura Elizabeth Tanner.

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Virtual Exhibition Tour

MANDELA: STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM  

Monday, April 26, 6:30 pm Central Time

Nelson Mandela was one of the most famous human rights defenders of the 20th-century and the face of a movement against racial injustice. His unbreakable will inspired people around the globe to mobilize for human rights and contributed to a worldwide crusade demanding racial equality. A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, Mandela devoted his life to fighting apartheid and creating a more just society.

Join a virtual public tour of the new special exhibition, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom. The exhibit traces the history of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, with Nelson Mandela as one of its central figures. The virtual public tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and live Q&A moderated by Museum personnel.

You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the tour in advance of your selected date.

Presenting Sponsors:

Supporters: Jenner & Block; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation; Brenda & Lance Feis.

Contributors: Chicago Bulls; Ernst & Young LLP; Nicor Gas; Victory Park Capital Advisors; In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum; Mitch & Cathy Feiger; Hackner Family; Jill & Rob Selati.

Additional Funders: Golder Family Foundation; Keith & Caryl Jaffee; PwC; Judith & William Rader and Family; Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation; Ilan & Rebekah Shalit; Rachel Brosnahan; Lance and Angela Donenberg; Lifeway Foods; North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Mosaic Construction; North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club; Quarles & Brady LLP; Laura Elizabeth Tanner.

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

 

Virtual Program:

The Righteous: A Play Reading & Discussion   

Tuesday, April 27 | 6:30 PM Central Time

Community Partners: Chicago Jewish Historical Society; Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, Jewish Museum Milwaukee, and Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC); Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University

What would you do if you learned that your country was enacting a plan to annihilate an entire people? That is the gut-wrenching question faced by Eduard Schulte, a captain of German industry who was familiar with the Nazi High Command. Schulte’s identity was a closely guarded secret and his heroic act to attempt to stop the Holocaust was kept hidden for over forty years. The Righteous brings to light the remarkable and inspiring true story of Eduard Schulte.     

Join Jeff Cohen, American playwright (The Righteous & The Soap Myth), Dr. Michael Berenbaum, renowned Holocaust scholar and Director, Sigi Ziering Institute of American Jewish University, and Kelley Szany, Vice President of Education and Exhibitions, Illinois Holocaust Museum, in conversation with Museum Vice President of the Board of Directors, Richard Salomon, for a thought-provoking discussion on the remarkable and poignant story of a man who risked his life and the lives of his family to stand up against evil, and the lessons his heroic actions teach for our world today.     

Before our program, the audience is invited to view an on-demand virtual staged reading of The Righteous, conducted in August 2020 under the auspices of Temple Emanu-El’s Streicker Center, with Frank Wood (Tony Award winner), Johanna Day (3-time Tony Award nominee), Jessica Hecht (Emmy & Tony Award nominee, star of Friends), Denis O’Hare (Tony Award winner & 3-time Emmy Award nominee, star of True Blood & American Horror Story), Richard Kind (Tony Award nominee).

You will receive the link to the on-demand staged reading upon registering.  

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Genocide Awareness & Prevention Month Program: If Not Now, When? The Plight of the Rohingya 

Thursday, April 29, 1:00 pm Central Time

 

The Rohingya have faced severe discrimination and persecution by the Burmese government for decades. They have been denied their rights of citizenship, displaced, and suffered mass atrocities, confirming irrefutable evidence that genocide is being committed against them. In response to the growing Rohingya refugee community in Chicago, Nasir Zakaria built the Rohingya Culture Center of Chicago to provide social services and help refugees with assimilation and resettlement.  

Join Nasir Zakaria, Director of the Rohingya Culture Center of Chicago, Abdul Jabbar Amanullah, Case Manager of the Rohingya Cultural Center, and Jessica Hulten, Assistant Manager of Education, Illinois Holocaust Museum, as they discuss the history and current situation in Burma, the work being done in Chicago to aid Rohingya refugees, and what we can do to help.   

Free the the public

Reservations required

 

 

Panel Discussion 

 

Virtual Program

Book & Author: “The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War”


Thursday, April 29, 6:30 pm Central Time

The turmoil of World War II did not end with German surrender: millions of lost and homeless concentration camp survivors, POWs, slave laborers, political prisoners, and Nazi collaborators in flight from the Red Army overwhelmed Germany, a nation in ruins. British and American soldiers gathered the refugees and attempted to repatriate them, but after exhaustive efforts, there remained more than a million displaced persons left behind in Germany who refused to go home or had no homes to return to.

The “Last Million” would spend the next three to five years in displaced persons camps, temporary homelands in exile divided by nationality, with their own police forces, churches and synagogues, schools, newspapers, theaters, and infirmaries. By 1952, the Last Million were scattered around the world, carrying their wounds, their fears, their hope, and their secrets.

A masterwork from acclaimed historian David Nasaw, Arthur M. Schlessinger, Jr. Professor of History Emeritus at the CUNY Graduate School and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Last Million tells the gripping yet largely hidden story of post-WWII displacement and statelessness. Join Nasaw and Richard Salomon, Vice President of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Board of Directors, in conversation as they illuminate the incredible history of the Last Million and explains how it is our history as well.

 

Free to the public

Registration required

 

 

Virtual Program

Lunch & Learn: My Friend: Mandela & Rabbi Cyril Harris

Tuesday, May 4, 12:00 pm Central Time
 

The late Rabbi Cyril Harris, a dear friend to Nelson Mandela, was a widely recognized leader of South African Jews against apartheid. Join us for a special presentation with Anne Harris, wife of Rabbi Harris, as she shares memorable anecdotes that will illuminate the personal and special relationship between these two extraordinary leaders.

Presenting Sponsors:

Supporters: Jenner & Block; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation; Brenda & Lance Feis.

Contributors: Chicago Bulls; Ernst & Young LLP; Nicor Gas; Victory Park Capital Advisors; In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum; Mitch & Cathy Feiger; Hackner Family; Jill & Rob Selati.

Additional Funders: Golder Family Foundation; Keith & Caryl Jaffee; PwC; Judith & William Rader and Family; Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation; Ilan & Rebekah Shalit; Rachel Brosnahan; Lance and Angela Donenberg; Lifeway Foods; North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Mosaic Construction; North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club; Quarles & Brady LLP; Laura Elizabeth Tanner.

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

Free to the public

Registration required

 

Virtual Exhibition Tour

MANDELA: STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM  

Wednesday, May 5, 10:30 am Central Time

Nelson Mandela was one of the most famous human rights defenders of the 20th-century and the face of a movement against racial injustice. His unbreakable will inspired people around the globe to mobilize for human rights and contributed to a worldwide crusade demanding racial equality. A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, Mandela devoted his life to fighting apartheid and creating a more just society.

Join a virtual public tour of the new special exhibition, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom. The exhibit traces the history of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, with Nelson Mandela as one of its central figures. The virtual public tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and live Q&A moderated by Museum personnel.

You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the tour in advance of your selected date.

Presenting Sponsors:

Supporters: Jenner & Block; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation; Brenda & Lance Feis.

Contributors: Chicago Bulls; Ernst & Young LLP; Nicor Gas; Victory Park Capital Advisors; In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum; Mitch & Cathy Feiger; Hackner Family; Jill & Rob Selati.

Additional Funders: Golder Family Foundation; Keith & Caryl Jaffee; PwC; Judith & William Rader and Family; Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation; Ilan & Rebekah Shalit; Rachel Brosnahan; Lance and Angela Donenberg; Lifeway Foods; North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Mosaic Construction; North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club; Quarles & Brady LLP; Laura Elizabeth Tanner.

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

 

 

Virtual Exhibition Tour

MANDELA: STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM  

Sunday, May 9, 2:00 pm Central Time

Nelson Mandela was one of the most famous human rights defenders of the 20th-century and the face of a movement against racial injustice. His unbreakable will inspired people around the globe to mobilize for human rights and contributed to a worldwide crusade demanding racial equality. A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, Mandela devoted his life to fighting apartheid and creating a more just society.

Join a virtual public tour of the new special exhibition, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom. The exhibit traces the history of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, with Nelson Mandela as one of its central figures. The virtual public tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and live Q&A moderated by Museum personnel.

You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the tour in advance of your selected date.

Presenting Sponsors:

Supporters: Jenner & Block; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation; Brenda & Lance Feis.

Contributors: Chicago Bulls; Ernst & Young LLP; Nicor Gas; Victory Park Capital Advisors; In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum; Mitch & Cathy Feiger; Hackner Family; Jill & Rob Selati.

Additional Funders: Golder Family Foundation; Keith & Caryl Jaffee; PwC; Judith & William Rader and Family; Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation; Ilan & Rebekah Shalit; Rachel Brosnahan; Lance and Angela Donenberg; Lifeway Foods; North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Mosaic Construction; North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club; Quarles & Brady LLP; Laura Elizabeth Tanner.

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

 

 

 

Virtual “One Museum, One Book” Book Club

HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, BY IBRAM X. KENDI

Tuesday, May 11, 7:00 pm Central Time

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves.

In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Click here to buy How To Be An Antiracist from our online shop

 

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Lunch & Learn 

Pinchas Gutter: Reflections on the Holocaust and Apartheid  

Thursday, May 13, 12:00 pm Central Time

Pinchas Gutter is a Holocaust Survivor of six Nazi concentration camps. After liberation, as the only surviving member of his immediate family, 13-year-old Pinchas was sent to an orphanage in England. Throughout his adulthood, he lived on every inhabitable continent in the world. He and his wife, Dorothy, lived in South Africa until 1985, five years before Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster Prison. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear Pinchas Gutter discuss his life during the Holocaust and recollections of South Africa during the anti-apartheid movement. Want to ask Pinchas questions? His hologram will be featured in the Museum’s Abe and Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience during the month of May. 

 

 

Presenting Sponsors:

Supporters: Jenner & Block; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation; Brenda & Lance Feis.

Contributors: Chicago Bulls; Ernst & Young LLP; Nicor Gas; Victory Park Capital Advisors; In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum; Mitch & Cathy Feiger; Hackner Family; Jill & Rob Selati.

Additional Funders: Golder Family Foundation; Keith & Caryl Jaffee; PwC; Judith & William Rader and Family; Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation; Ilan & Rebekah Shalit; Rachel Brosnahan; Lance and Angela Donenberg; Lifeway Foods; North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Mosaic Construction; North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club; Quarles & Brady LLP; Laura Elizabeth Tanner.

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Virtual Family Program

Family Program – Mandela, Mammals, and Masks

Sunday, May 16, 2021 |1:00 pm 

Wildlife in South Africa is abundant, with almost 300 mammal species!  The term ‘Big Five’ is used to describe the power and strength of the elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, and rhino.  In this family workshop you will have the opportunity to create animal masks or puppets of your own.  Participants can create an animal family.  Families will have the option to create short vignettes with their animals.  Each animal family will face a small conflict and then in the spirit of democracy and equality, show us how you come to a resolution together.  Then participants will have the opportunity to present to each other.   This workshop will be led by local South African artist and educator Dina Kaplan and Johannesburg visual artist Thabang Lehobye .  

Presenting Sponsors:

Supporters: Jenner & Block; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation; Brenda & Lance Feis.

Contributors: Chicago Bulls; Ernst & Young LLP; Nicor Gas; Victory Park Capital Advisors; In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum; Mitch & Cathy Feiger; Hackner Family; Jill & Rob Selati.

Additional Funders: Golder Family Foundation; Keith & Caryl Jaffee; PwC; Judith & William Rader and Family; Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation; Ilan & Rebekah Shalit; Rachel Brosnahan; Lance and Angela Donenberg; Lifeway Foods; North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Mosaic Construction; North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club; Quarles & Brady LLP; Laura Elizabeth Tanner.

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Virtual Exhibition Tour

MANDELA: STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM  

Wednesday, May 19, 10:30 am Central Time

Nelson Mandela was one of the most famous human rights defenders of the 20th-century and the face of a movement against racial injustice. His unbreakable will inspired people around the globe to mobilize for human rights and contributed to a worldwide crusade demanding racial equality. A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, Mandela devoted his life to fighting apartheid and creating a more just society.

Join a virtual public tour of the new special exhibition, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom. The exhibit traces the history of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, with Nelson Mandela as one of its central figures. The virtual public tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and live Q&A moderated by Museum personnel.

You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the tour in advance of your selected date.

Presenting Sponsors:

Supporters: Jenner & Block; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation; Brenda & Lance Feis.

Contributors: Chicago Bulls; Ernst & Young LLP; Nicor Gas; Victory Park Capital Advisors; In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum; Mitch & Cathy Feiger; Hackner Family; Jill & Rob Selati.

Additional Funders: Golder Family Foundation; Keith & Caryl Jaffee; PwC; Judith & William Rader and Family; Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation; Ilan & Rebekah Shalit; Rachel Brosnahan; Lance and Angela Donenberg; Lifeway Foods; North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Mosaic Construction; North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club; Quarles & Brady LLP; Laura Elizabeth Tanner.

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

 

 

Virtual Exhibition Tour

MANDELA: STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM  

Monday, May 24, 6:30 pm Central Time

Nelson Mandela was one of the most famous human rights defenders of the 20th-century and the face of a movement against racial injustice. His unbreakable will inspired people around the globe to mobilize for human rights and contributed to a worldwide crusade demanding racial equality. A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, Mandela devoted his life to fighting apartheid and creating a more just society.

Join a virtual public tour of the new special exhibition, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom. The exhibit traces the history of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, with Nelson Mandela as one of its central figures. The virtual public tour includes a video presentation featuring Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and live Q&A moderated by Museum personnel.

You will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the tour in advance of your selected date.

Presenting Sponsors:

Supporters: Jenner & Block; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation; Brenda & Lance Feis.

Contributors: Chicago Bulls; Ernst & Young LLP; Nicor Gas; Victory Park Capital Advisors; In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum; Mitch & Cathy Feiger; Hackner Family; Jill & Rob Selati.

Additional Funders: Golder Family Foundation; Keith & Caryl Jaffee; PwC; Judith & William Rader and Family; Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation; Ilan & Rebekah Shalit; Rachel Brosnahan; Lance and Angela Donenberg; Lifeway Foods; North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Mosaic Construction; North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club; Quarles & Brady LLP; Laura Elizabeth Tanner.

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

 

 

Virtual “One Museum, One Book” Book Club

WE WERE STRANGERS: THE STORY OF MAGDA PREISS, BY MAGDA RIEDERMAN PREISS, EDITED BY AJ GREENBERG

Tuesday, June 15, 7:00 pm (CST)

We Were Strangers is the true story of Magda Preiss, a breathtaking masterpiece of Holocaust literature, composed in her own words upon arriving in America in the 1940s. Lived and told by a beautiful young bride with fearless defiance, Magda’s harrowing experience reveals a character who is larger than life and death. Hers is a love story more complex than any happy-ever-after tale. It recounts the love of culture, beauty, and life itself that fueled Magda’s will to survive; the love for her husband that made her stay to face Nazi horror instead of escaping with her parents and siblings; and her love for strangers, whose humanity amidst the most inhumane circumstances illuminates every page through Magda’s heroic voice.

From an idyllic childhood in Czechoslovakia through the hells of Auschwitz, Birkenau, Bergen-Belsen, Ravensbrück, and Beendorf, Magda shows what it means to be a stranger at home and in foreign lands, to be estranged from loved ones and even from oneself as the world goes insane. In devastating sentences as sharp as barbed wire, Magda uncovers universal truths from her experience as a woman in the Holocaust.

Editor AJ Greenberg will moderate the discussion.

Click here to buy We Were Strangers from our online shop

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Lunch & Learn 

Inside Apartheid: One Woman’s Struggle in South Africa 

Thursday, July 8, 12:00 Central Time

Anti-apartheid activist Janet Love was involved in negotiations for a South African settlement from the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) to the establishment of the Transitional Executive Council (TEC). She served as an ANC Member of Parliament and was a member of the Constitutional Committee of the Constitutional Assembly, the body responsible for steering the South African constitution-making process, establishing its first democratic government. In our program, Janet will share her personal reflections on growing up in South Africa, her work, and hopes for transforming the future.   

 

Presenting Sponsors:

Supporters: Jenner & Block; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation; Brenda & Lance Feis.

Contributors: Chicago Bulls; Ernst & Young LLP; Nicor Gas; Victory Park Capital Advisors; In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum; Mitch & Cathy Feiger; Hackner Family; Jill & Rob Selati.

Additional Funders: Golder Family Foundation; Keith & Caryl Jaffee; PwC; Judith & William Rader and Family; Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation; Ilan & Rebekah Shalit; Rachel Brosnahan; Lance and Angela Donenberg; Lifeway Foods; North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Mosaic Construction; North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club; Quarles & Brady LLP; Laura Elizabeth Tanner.

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

 

Free to the public

Reservations required

 

Virtual “One Museum, One Book” Book Club

MANDELA’S WAY: LESSONS FOR AN UNCERTAIN AGE, BY RICHARD STENGEL

Tuesday, July 20, 7:00 pm (CST)

Richard Stengel, editor of Time maga­zine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conver­sation with Mandela into fifteen essential life lessons. For nearly three years, including the critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward the first democratic elections in its history, Stengel collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, and traveled with him everywhere. Eating with him, watching him campaign, hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know all the different sides of this complex man and became a cherished friend and colleague.

In Mandela’s Way, Stengel recounts the moments in which “the grandfather of South Africa” was tested and shares the wisdom he learned: why courage is more than the absence of fear, why we should keep our rivals close, why the answer is not always either/or but often “both,” how important it is for each of us to find something away from the world that gives us pleasure and satisfaction—our own garden. Woven into these life lessons are remarkable stories—of Mandela’s child­hood as the protégé of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the twenty-seven-year imprison­ment that could not break him, and of his fulfilling remarriage at the age of eighty.

This uplifting book captures the spirit of this extraordinary man—warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and moral leader—and spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider the things we take for granted, and contemplate the legacy we’ll leave behind.

Click here to buy Mandela’s Way from our online shop

Presenting Sponsors:

Supporters: Jenner & Block; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum; Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation; Brenda & Lance Feis.

Contributors: Chicago Bulls; Ernst & Young LLP; Nicor Gas; Victory Park Capital Advisors; In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum; Mitch & Cathy Feiger; Hackner Family; Jill & Rob Selati.

Additional Funders: Golder Family Foundation; Keith & Caryl Jaffee; PwC; Judith & William Rader and Family; Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation; Ilan & Rebekah Shalit; Rachel Brosnahan; Lance and Angela Donenberg; Lifeway Foods; North Shore (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Mosaic Construction; North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Men’s Club; Quarles & Brady LLP; Laura Elizabeth Tanner.

***All Mandela: Struggle for Freedom community partners are listed at the bottom of this page.***

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***MANDELA EXHIBITION AND ALL EXHIBIT RELATED PROGRAMMING SUPPORTED BY…***

Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law ; Bluhm Legal Clinic – Center on Wrongful Convictions; Chicago Cultural Alliance; Equity Institute at YWCA Evanston/North Shore; Heartland Alliance; Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA); Niebuhr Center at Elmhurst University; The Peace Exchange Program of Holy Family Ministries; Shriver Center on Poverty Law’s Racial Justice Institute and Network

 

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