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First Person

Conversations with Holocaust Survivors

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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.

2019 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 will take place every Wednesday and Thursday from March 13 through August 8, 2019, with the exception of Thursday, July 4. An additional program will take place on Tuesday, July 2.

Select programs will be live streamed at ushmm.org/watch. 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.