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Stories of Survival Film Library

Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory., developed by Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, features powerful collaborative artworks of survivors of the Holocaust and 7 other genocides, showcasing more than 60 personal artifacts brought to America as families fled persecution and war. Each artifact is dramatically paired with oversized photographs with handwritten responses by Survivors or their family members, taking guests through a path to hope under seemingly hopeless circumstances.

Jim Lommasson and Curator Arielle Weininger discuss the creation of the exhibition.
Curator Arielle Weininger explains where these stories come from.
Jim Lommasson talks about his hope for visitors to the exhibition.
 Lommasson and Curator Arielle Weininger tell the story behind the letter.
Jim Lommasson and Curator Arielle Weininger tell the story behind the teddy bear.
Ralph and Jim Lommasson setting up the train set for the photo shoot.
Mirsad talks about the recipes.
Mirsad talks about the playing cards.
Jim Lommasson reads part of Gabriel’s reflections.
Ellen, Irma’s niece, talks about the cookbook.
Jim Lommasson and Curator Arielle Weininger discuss Henry’s artwork.
Judy, Leopold’s daughter, talks about the tefillin and her father.
Eleanor talks about her father’s wallet.
Harold and Lila talk about their wife and mother’s scarf.
Jim Lommasson reads Siyin’s reflections.
Learn more about the Rwandan Genocide and hear Jim Lommasson read some of Immaculee’s reflections.
Jim Lommasson and Curator Arielle Weininger discuss Immaculee’s artwork and Jim reads some of Immaculee’s reflections.
A message from Illinois Holocaust Museum regarding ongoing atrocities and conflicts.
Lead Sponsors

David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation

Joan & Bill Brodsky and Family


Linda & Richard Price Family Fund
Leonard and Diane Sherman Family Foundation
Norman & Virginia Bobins, The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation
Anna & Mark Hertsberg
Larry & Donna Mayer

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