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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.

Ruth Kohn
Thursday, March 22, 2018
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Fritz Gluckstein
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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Louise Lawrence-Israëls
Thursday, March 29, 2018
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Margit Meissner
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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Esther Starobin
April 5, 2018
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Jill Pauly
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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Kurt Pauly
Thursday, April 12, 2017
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Halina Peabody
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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Fred Flatow
Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Gideon Frieder
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Agi Geva
Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Ralph Berets
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Julie Keefer
Thursday, May 3, 2018
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Susan Warsinger
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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Albert Garih
Thursday, May 10, 2018
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David Bayer
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Sam Ponczak
Thursday, May 17, 2018
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Arye Ephrath
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Michel Margosis
Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Robert (Bob) Behr
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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Emanuel (Manny) Mandel
Thursday, May 31, 2018
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