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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.

Robert (Bob) Behr
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Learn more about Bob

Emanuel (Manny) Mandel
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Learn more about Manny

Alfred Traum
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Learn more about Alfred

Morris Rosen
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Learn more about Morris

Jacqueline Mendels Birn
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Learn more about Jacqueline

Susan Darvas
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Alfred Munzer
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Learn more about Alfred

Steven Fenves
Thursday, June 21, 2017
Learn more about Steven

Theodora Klayman
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Learn more about Theodora

Sylvia Rozines
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Learn more about Sylvia