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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. 

Henry Greenbaum
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Learn more about Henry         Watch Live

Rae Goldfarb
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Learn more about Rae             Watch Live

Alex Schiffman-Shilo
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Learn more about Alex

Frank Liebermann
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Learn more about Frank          Watch Live

Bob Behr
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Learn more about Bob            Watch Live

Halina Peabody
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Learn more about Halina         Watch Live

Nesse Godin
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Learn more about Nesse          Watch Live

Martin Weiss
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Learn more about Martin       Watch Live 

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.