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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.

2017 Season

First Person is free and open to the public. Programs are held in either the Rubinstein or the Meyerhoff auditoriums. 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 15 through August 10, 2017.


David Bayer
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Read David's Bio

Henry Kahn
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Read Henry's Bio

Theodora Klayman
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Read Theodora's Bio

Irene Weiss
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Read Irene's Bio

Henry Greenbaum
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Read Henry's Bio

Rae Goldfarb
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Read Rae's Bio

Steven Fenves
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Read Steven's Bio

Frank Liebermann
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Read Frank's Bio

Bob Behr
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Read Bob's Bio

Halina Peabody
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Read Halina's Bio

Nesse Godin
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Read Nesse's Bio

Marty Weiss
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Read Marty's Bio

Select programs in April and May will be live streamed at ushmm.org/watch. Watch recordings of programs on the First Person 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.