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

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Virtual Lunch and Learn

History Will Never Forget: The Final Months of World War II 

Friday, August 14, 2020 ,12:00-1:00 pm CDT   

Liberation2020 Series Partner: Pritzker Military Museum & Library 
Liberation2020 Media Sponsor: Chicago Reader 
Liberation2020 Community Partner: Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America – Department of Illinois 

The final months of World War II were some of the most tumultuous in US history. A beloved President, Franklin Roosevelt, had died suddenly, leaving an unprepared Harry S. Truman to take his place. As fighting raged in the Pacific Theater, the war in Europe was coming to its conclusion as Allied forces continued to liberate nations under Axis control.   

Hear more about this riveting moment in history from an expert, Dr. Kristen Burton, Teacher Programs and Curriculum Specialist at The National WWII Museum and host of the their Museum’s podcast on the final months of World War II, “To the Best of My Ability,” as she guides the audience through the last moments of a war that changed the world. 

Free to Public 

Reservations Required 


Virtual Lunch and Learn 

Spiritual Resilience in the Camps 

Tuesday, August 25, 12 PM CDT

Community Partners:  Ida Crown Jewish Academy; Holocaust Community Services CJE SeniorLifeKehilat Chovevei Tzion; L’Chaim Center 

Resistance to the Nazis took many forms during the Holocaust. Join us for a meaningful discussion on spiritual resistance in internment, concentration and death camps with Rabbi Reuven Brand, Rosh Kollel of the Yeshiva University TorahMitzionKollel of Chicago. 

Part two, of a two-part series exploring dimensions of spiritual resiliency during the Holocaust. Attend one or both sessions.   (First half is Tuesday, July 28)





Free to public

Reservations required


Virtual Commemoration

Rights, Responsibilities, and Roadblocks: Critical Stories Leading to the Passage of the 19th Amendment and Beyond  

Tuesday, August 25, 7:00 pm (CDT)  

This program is hosted by Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in partnership with the Woman’s Club of Evanston and Women’s Vote 100 Evanston.  

Recent headlines tell of reduced polling places, names taken off voter rolls, and requests for identification in places where none is required. One hundred years after the 19th Amendment affirmed women’s right to vote in the United States, many of these issues have become even more pressing. Roadblocks to exercising the right to vote still exist today, especially amongst people of color.

In honor of the 19th Amendment Centennial, join us for a thought-provoking discussion of what barriers still exist, preventing American voices from being heard.  

Panelists include the Honorable Judge Carole Kamin Bellows, Illinois State Senator Laura Fine, and writer/historian Rima Lunin Schultz. The Honorable Judge Abbey Romanek, Vice President, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, will introduce the panelists. Lori Osborne, Director of the Evanston Women’s History Project and the Frances Willard House Museum and WCTU Archives, will serve as panel moderator.    

This program is hosted by Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in partnership with the Woman’s Club of Evanston and Women’s Vote 100 Evanston.  

Reservations required.  Free to the public.


Virtual Program

Film & Discussion: Harbor from the Holocaust: A WTTW Community Screening and Conversation

August 27, 6:30 pm (CDT)

Join WTTW, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago for a screening of Harbor from the Holocaust, a film depicting the flight of nearly 20,000 Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe to the Chinese port city of Shanghai during World War II. The film presents a historical context for the resettlement of Jewish communities during the Holocaust, including stories of Survivors’ families and even their shared recipes.

Immediately following the screening, Kevin Ostoyich, Professor of History at Valparaiso University, will moderate a panel discussion featuring Doris Fogel, Holocaust Survivor and Shanghailander; Andy Kang, Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago; and Danny Spungen, Trustee, the Florence & Laurence Spungen Family Foundation.



Registration required.  Free to the public.


Virtual Book Club

One Museum, One Book” Book Club

Tuesday, September 1, 7:00 PM Central Time

In August, Illinois Holocaust Museum’s virtual book club will read a Survivor memoir, “Transcending Darkness: A Girl’s Journey Out of the Holocaust,” by Estelle Glaser Laughlin.

A child Survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and concentration camps, Estelle immigrated to America at eighteen. With only three years of public school education, she earned a master’s degree in education. After retirement from a long career teaching in Maryland, she has continued to write and lecture widely about her experience and survival.

To participate, simply read the selected book and register for the moderated group discussion.


The book is available to purchase from the Museum shop.  Click here to purchase.

Registration required

Free to the public


Virtual Fundraiser

Women’s Leadership Committee Soirée 

Wednesday, September 2, 7:00 PM CDT

The Women’s Leadership Committee is “soirée” we won’t be able to gather this year. Please join us virtually for a fun & meaningful event supporting Illinois Holocaust Museum!

Hear from our Holocaust Survivors, enjoy a special performance by Katie Kadan – finalist on The Voice –
plus many more surprise guests.






Virtual Lunch & Learn

The Stages of Memory:  Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between  

Thursday, September 24, 12:00 PM CDT

In recent weeks we have witnessed civil unrest that has led to the tearing down of public monuments. This story is not unique as history is littered with monuments that were originally created as acts of commemoration, come under scrutiny and eventually be removed or destroyed 

Join James Young, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst as he traces what he calls an arc of memorial vernacular from early Holocaust memorials to Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Germany’s “counter-monuments,” Berlin’s Denkmal, and New York City’s 9/11 Memorial. Along the way, he will also reflect on his role as juror for both the Denkmal and 9/11 Memorial design competitions and offer context to the undoing of contemporary monuments. 

Free to the public

Reservations required



Virtual Book & Author

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

Thursday October 1, 6:30 PM CDT

Community Partners: ACLU of Illinois; A Better Chicago; Open Communities; Harvard Club of Chicago 

Hear Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as they explore rural America’s challenges in education, healthcare, employment, and judicial processes with their 2020 New York Times bestselling book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. Kristof and WuDunn will share Tightrope‘s compelling appeal to address the many crises facing rural Americans. 

The event will be moderated by Richard Salomon, Vice President, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. 






Tickets: $10 Non-Member; Free to Members.

  • Signed Book (pick up at Museum) = additional $16.95
  • Signed Book + Shipping = $16.95 + $8.00 = $24.95


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to access the program one day before the program.


Donald and Sue Pritzker Voices of Conscience Lecture
Presidential Perspectives:  A Conversation with the descendants of Harry S. Truman, Dwight David Eisenhower, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Sunday, October 18, 2:00 PM CDT

Liberation2020 Series Partner: Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Liberation2020 Media Sponsor: Chicago Reader
Liberation2020 Community Partner: Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America – Department of Illinois

Supported by the Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Join us for a not-to-be-missed event with Clifton Truman Daniel, Mary Jean Eisenhower, and Scott Roosevelt as they share little-known stories from three of America’s most well-known Presidents and reflect on the legacies  left for them – and for the world.




Tickets: $10 Non-Member; Free to Members.
Reservations required.



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 WEEKENDS at 10:15 am.

August 1 – 31: Aaron Elster

Free with Museum admission. Reservations are available at the Museum.


Ballot Ready; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago; Center on Halsted; Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights; The Decalogue Society of Lawyers; DePaul University Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Department at Lake Forest College; Illinois State Bar Association; In Her Shoes Foundation; International Women’s Forum – Chicago Chapter; Jewish Judges Association of Illinois; League of Women Voters Chicago; Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago; Mujeres Latinas en Acción; UIC John Marshall Law School; Women’s Bar Association of Illinois; Women’s and Gender Studies at Northeastern Illinois University; Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Roosevelt University; Women’s Studies & Gender Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago

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