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First Person

Conversations with 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.

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. 

Sylvia Rozines
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Learn more about Sylvia

Marcel Drimer
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Learn more about Marcel

Margit Meissner
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Learn more about Margit

Louise Lawrence-Israëls
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Learn more about Louise

Jill Pauly
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Learn more about Jill

Kurt Pauly
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Learn more about Kurt

Michel Margosis
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Learn more about Michel

Albert Garih
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Learn more about Albert

Select programs April 5 through May 4 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.