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Holocaust Museum & Education Center June events

Below are the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center events in June:

Opens June 19:

Charlotte Salomon: “Life? or Theater?”

What: In the early years of World War II, Charlotte Salomon—a 23-year-old Jewish artist from Berlin—fled to the south of France where she shut herself into a hotel room and spent two years feverishly painting the history of her life. She called it Life? or Theater?: A Play With Music, an astounding body of over 1,300 powerfully drawn and expressively colored gouache paintings conceived as an operetta on paper. Salomon used images, musical cues, dialogue and commentary to tell a compelling coming-of-age story set amidst increasing Nazi oppression. Shortly after completing Life? or Theater?, the pregnant 26-year-old was transported to Auschwitz and killed. Her singular creation and only major work survived and stands as a testament to Salomon’s life and artistic vision.

This exhibition of nearly 300 paintings from Life? or Theater? offers a rare, first-hand opportunity to witness this amazing masterpiece.

Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theater? was organized by the Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam. Copyright holder is the Charlotte Salomon Foundation, Amsterdam. The local presentation of the exhibition has been made possible by the generous and visionary support of The Craig and Donna Bernfield Family Foundation, Norman and Virginia Bobins, Nathan and Alyse Mason Brill, and Nicor Gas. The Golder Family Foundation is lead sponsor for all Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

When: June 19-September 21, 2014

Tickets: Free with Museum admission. For information on hours and admission prices, please call 847-967-4800, or visit www.ilholocaustmuseum.org.

Where: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center — Main Special Exhibition Gallery, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie

 

Family Workshop: Photography Fun!

What: We take photos nearly every day, but how does a camera lens work? And how can we use photography to produce remarkable images that showcase imagination, passion and talent? Join Chicago photographer Matthew Austin to explore photography as a means of storytelling by making your own pinhole camera and composing fleeting images throughout the Museum’s stunning indoor and outdoor spaces.

Don’t miss this opportunity to channel your inner photojournalist and be inspired by the subject of our special exhibition, Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist. Learn about the remarkable life of this 20th century pioneer and trailblazing photojournalist before the exhibition closes that same day!

Recommended for ages 8 to 14 with an adult.

When: Sunday, June 8, 2014, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Tickets: Reservations required; www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/events.

Where: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center — 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie

 

Book & Author: Isaac Levendel

What: Six years of research contributed to Hunting Down the Jews: Vichy, Nazis and Mafia Collaborators in Provence 1942-1944, Isaac Levendel’s penetrating analysis of Nazi and Vichy antisemitic policy. The book is also rooted in his decades-long search for answers to his mother’s disappearance on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and the discovery of its perpetrator, which resulted in his previous book, Not the Germans Alone, a Son’s Search for the Truth of Vichy. A book signing will follow.

When: Sunday, June 8, 2014 — 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Tickets: Reservations required; www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/events.   

Where: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center — 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie

 

Film & Discussion: “Life? or Theater?”

What: Director Franz Weisz explores the haunting legacy of German Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon and her remarkable 700 autobiographical painting series in a documentary that incorporates scenes from his feature film about her, as well as the artwork and testimony from those who knew Charlotte. Running time is 85 minutes: Dutch, English, French and German with English subtitles.

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 — 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Tickets: Reservations required; www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/events

Where: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center — 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie

 

Zev and Shifra Karkomi Permanent Exhibition

What: Those familiar with the Holocaust and those learning about it for the first time can experience pre-war German life, ghettos and concentration camps, liberation and resettlement through artifacts, documents, photographs, and video testimony of survivors and eyewitnesses. An early 20th Century German rail car—of the type used by the Nazis during the Holocaust to transport millions to concentration camps and, ultimately, to their deaths—serves as the Museum’s central artifact.

When: Ongoing

Tickets: Free with Museum admission. For information on hours and admission prices, please call 847-967-4800, or visit www.ilholocaustmuseum.org.

Where: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center — 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie

This content was submitted by a member of the community. We’d like to hear from you, too! To share stories, photos, video or events for our calendar, please email Community News Manager Monica Kucera or submit to us online! Skokie submission tool  |  Lincolnwood submission tool  |  Morton Grove submission tool 

 

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