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First Person

Conversations with Holocaust Survivors


The Museum’s First Person program enables visitors to hear Holocaust survivors tell their life stories in their own words, uniting personal experience with history in a way that is extraordinary in its immediacy and power. Each hour-long program features a live interview between journalist Bill Benson and a survivor, followed by a question-and-answer session.

2018 Season

First Person is free and open to the public and requires no tickets. Seats are available first come, first served. Programs are held in the auditoriums on the lower level. Due to security precautions, please allow extra time for delays entering the Museum building. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is available at every program.

All programs begin at 11 a.m. and last one hour. Doors to the auditorium open at 10:45 a.m. Programs take place every Wednesday and Thursday from March 14 through August 9, 2018, with the exception of Wednesday, July 4. An additional program will take place on Tuesday, July 3.

Select programs March 14 through May 10 will be live streamed at Tweet your questions during the program using #USHMM. Watch recordings of programs on the Museum's YouTube channel. Hear more interviews in our First Person podcast series. 

This year's season of First Person is made possible by generous support from the Louis Franklin Smith Foundation with additional funding from the Arlene and Daniel Fisher Foundation.

Rita Rubinstein
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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Martin Weiss
Thursday, July 12, 2018
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Estelle Laughlin
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Irene Weiss
Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Alex Schiffman-Shilo
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
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Joel Nommick
Thursday, July 26, 2018
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Harry Markowicz
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
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Rachel Goldfarb
Thursday, August 2, 2018
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Josiane Traum
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
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Fred Kahn
Thursday, August 9, 2018
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