The Museum challenges us to ask critical questions about why the Holocaust happened—and was allowed to happen. How was it possible that such an advanced society with a democratic constitution descended into genocide? What motivated the killers and their collaborators as well as the bystanders and rescuers? Why did the democracies of Europe and America fail to respond?
These questions are pertinent in our globalized, highly connected world where extremism is on the rise and hate can spread faster than ever. The Museum’s National Conversation is designed to provoke discussion about the Holocaust and its lessons on the attraction of ideologies, the role of technology in spreading ideas, the power of individuals, and the importance of leadership in both free and oppressed societies.
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Upcoming Featured Programs
Friday, August 1
Although the term “collaborator” has served to draw a boundary between Nazi perpetrators and those who assisted them, the situation on the ground was far more complex. Participants in this workshop have examined a variety of groups of understudied collaborators and perpetrators in order to shed new light on the forms of collaboration and complicity with the Nazi genocidal project, as well as the postwar consequences of collaboration for individuals and societies. Join us for a panel discussion in which they present their findings.
Friday, August 15
Participants in this workshop have examined the impact of Holocaust narratives on literary representations of mass atrocity and genocide produced in its aftermath. Join us for a panel discussion in which they present their findings.
Tuesday, September 9
Join the Museum in honoring Fern and Manny Steinfeld with the National Leadership Award in recognition of their decades of dedication and support. This annual luncheon provides an opportunity for the Chicago community to come together to learn more about the Museum and its urgent work to keep Holocaust memory alive in a constantly changing world.