Visit Our Virtual Museum
We look forward to the near future when we can gather together again. During our temporary closure, we invite you to explore our website, subscribe to our e-newsletter, and visit our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for a steady stream of engaging content. We thank you for your continued support during these extraordinary times.
Looking to connect with a group experience? We now offer virtual group tours of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and reservations.
Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition & Take A Stand Center: Audio Tours
Our audio tours present the personal stories of local Survivors through compelling spoken narrative. The audio tour is available for both Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition and Take A Stand Center. Sample a few of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition audio tour stops with the links below:
The audio tour is made possible through the generous support of the Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation, in commemoration of Fred Cooper.
Artifacts from the Vault
Although the Museum is closed, we want to continue sharing our permanent collection with you.
To that end, our Registrar, Emily, has created a video series, “Artifacts from the Vault,” where she tells the stories of unique artifacts that are not on display in the Museum.
Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition Tour: Women in the Holocaust
Womanhood. Motherhood. Caring for others. Family. Women during the Holocaust played an important role when it came to resistance, escape, hiding and survival.
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Virtual Exhibition
The Warsaw ghetto uprising was the largest Jewish uprising in German-occupied Europe. The fighters knew they were bound to lose, but at stake was the honor of the Jewish people. They chose to die fighting. Their courage led to numerous smaller uprisings in ghettos and concentration camps and inspired the Polish population to resist the Germans in the citywide uprising of August 1944.
This exhibition is a production of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center with assistance from the curatorial and photographic archives departments of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. All photos are courtesy United States Holocaust Memorial Museum unless otherwise noted. Source: National Archives and Records Administration, College Park.
Elements of this exhibition were generously supported by Harvey L. Miller and Jack Miller in loving memory of their parents, Ida and Ben Miller, and their brother Arnold Miller.
Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition: Closing Film
This short film connects the lessons of the Holocaust with contemporary genocides around the world and plays at the end of our Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition. Directed by Ken Winikur.
Survivor Documentaries: Stories of Survival
“In Our Voices: Aaron Elster”
Aaron Elster was born in 1933 in the small northeastern village of Sokolow, Podlaski, in Poland. He lived in the Sokolow Ghetto with his two sisters, mother, and father until the liquidation of the ghetto in September 1942. Aaron was able to escape liquidation and ended up finding refuge in the attic of a Polish family, where he hid for two years without leaving the attic once. Aaron’s story of survival and resiliency encourages others to explore their own strength and know that they have the power to do great things.
“In Our Voices: Fritzie Fritzshall”
Fritzie Fritzshall was born in 1929 in Klucharky, Czechoslovakia. After her town fell under Nazi occupation, Fritzie, her mother, and two brothers were deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp when she was only 13 years old. Close to the end of the war, Fritzie was moved to a subcamp of Auschwitz where she worked as a slave laborer in a factory. Fritzie’s story reminds us of our shared humanity and encourages us to be upstanders to create a better world for everyone.
“Final Transports: The Holocaust Stories of Magda and George”
In early summer 1944, at the height of the deportation of Hungarian Jewry, Magda Brown and George Brent arrived as teenagers to the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center. Through their eyes, Final Transports, brings the viewer on a compelling journey across multiple countries and camps, revealing the intensely human aspects of survival, resistance, chance, and luck in the face of Nazi tyranny.
“Childhood Lost: The Holocaust Stories of George and Steen”
Within hours of the Nazi invasion and occupation of Western Europe, George Mueller and Steen Metz, had their childhoods engulfed by war. Their innocence lost as prejudice and persecution spread, Childhood Lost details their gripping fight for survival within the Nazi camp system, and the endurable spirit of family, courage, and hope.
Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience
The Museum’s world-renown Survivor Stories Experience Holographic Theater is the first exhibit of its kind, where pre-recorded Holocaust Survivors can answer any question as if they were in the room.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Everyone loves Notorious RBG. Here are a few words about the blockbuster exhibition from our Director of Education, Wendy Singer, and a few visiting students.