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“Educational and Moving”

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Skokie
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Designed by renowned architect Stanley Tigerman, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is one of Chicagoland's premier attractions. The Museum uses lessons from the Holocaust to focus attention on contemporary issues of genocide, intolerance, and inhumanity at home and worldwide.
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Went with kids to visit the children's section. The interactive videos and survivor stories were informative and moving, with content appropriate for elementary-aged children. Kids were motivated to get books on Anne Frank and other children who went through this terrible time. Will visit again when kids are older to go through the permanent exhibit.

Thank dchetko
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

When neo-Nazis threatened to march in Skokie in the late 1970s, Holocaust survivors around the world were shocked. They realized that despite their desire to leave the past behind, they could no longer remain silent. In the wake of these attempted marches, Chicago-area survivors joined together to form the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois. The group focused on combating hate with education.



I attended “Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh,” an exhibition now on display at the Illinois Holocaust Museum through Sept. 8, recreates the iconic Budapest-born Senesh’s short life mostly through her own words. Very interesting.

My one reservation about the Museum is that it does not emphasize that horrible racial cleansing continue to be occur through out the world. Our current killers may not be aw well organized and efficient as the Nazis were, but they are equally brutal.

Thank barbkanter
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

When you think of Holocaust and other genocide museums, the image is one of disturbing photos, stories, etc. The IL Holocaust Museum is different in that it is not filled with horrific images. It is designed so that you start with the Nazi's rise to power and move through the removal of Jewish rights and privileges, then to Kristallnacht, the establishment of the ghettos and ultimately to the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". The museum does an amazing job at showing how the Nazi propaganda machine worked on the German people. Through recordings, newsreel footage and artifacts, you follow the journey of the Jewish people, all the way through the liberation and then emigration to Israel, the US and Canada. The exhibits start in dim lighting, gradually get darker as you move further into the war, then start to lighten as liberation and emigration arrives. The final part of the exhibit shows the Nazi march in Skokie and ends with a very empowering video dealing with world-wide genocide.

This is one of the best museums that I have ever been to. You are not inundated with graphic images but the true point of the Holocaust is presented incredibly well. This is museum that needs multiple visits to be able to absorb everything.

3  Thank Christopher K
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

This museum is smaller then some of the larger holocaust museums of same type (Washington DC, Jerusalem, etc), but it is very nice and even has a pretty good section on local history with the Nazi march in Skokie, etc. If you have time I strongly recommend visiting this museum.

Thank dubelaw
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

Its always a tough subject to talk about but also seeing the pictures and displays was amazing and seeing thenames of the Illinois WWII vets up on a wall was so touching. Young people need to go on field trips to this museum

Thank BlumaFelix
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