Those who learn from the past are destined to overcome its mistakes, which is why historical reenactments of Henry V’s coronation omit the court jester’s Powerpoint presentation. Take lessons of the past to heart with today’s Groupon to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie. Choose from the following options:
- For $6, you get one adult admission (a $12 value).
- For $20, you get a one-year individual membership (a $40 value).
- For $35, you get a one-year family membership for up to four family members (a $75 value). <p>
Memberships include: * Free admission to the museum * Discounts on select lectures and programs * 10% shop discount<p>
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center addresses the twentieth century’s greatest atrocity with historical artifacts that honor the legacy of its survivors and interactive exhibits that explore the limits of human intolerance as it manifests itself in the genocides of today. The 65,000-square-foot facility physically narrates the path of moral degradation that led to the Holocaust as visitors make their way through galleries such as the Karkomi Permanent Exhibition—home to more than 500 documents and photographs that act as visceral counterparts to video testimonies from local survivors. A German rail car similar to those used in Nazi deportations serves as the museum’s powerful centerpiece, and its momentous, life-size scale awes visitors and empowers them to combat future indifference, hatred, and injustice.
The museum’s special exhibitions broaden the historical scope of its message, showcasing artistic responses to genocides and atrocities from Cambodia to Argentina to the Soviet Gulag. The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942–1946 salutes the human spirit with its collection of objects crafted from scraps and found materials and is on display until January 15. Upcoming exhibition Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War honors the bravery and sacrifice of our country’s 500,000 Jewish soldiers and is on display from February 16 through June 17. Kids ages 8–12 can begin to carry the museum’s lessons over to their own lives in Make a Difference! The Miller Family Youth Exhibition, an interactive activity space that addresses bullying and fosters respect amongst tikes of all persuasions.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
It was the late 1970s, and neo-Nazis were threatening to march in Skokie. Chicago-area Survivors and their supporters, reacting to the situation, came together to create the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois. This initiative evolved into the Museum which was built to honor the memory of Holocaust victims; educate visitors; and combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference in local communities and throughout the world.