Holocaust refugee to speak on international day of remembrance

Ralph Rehbock, whose family fled to the United States in 1938 as the Holocaust began to unfold, will tell his story at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center on Saturday, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Rehbock, of Northbrook, was one of a small number of Jews granted refugee status to come to the United States during World War II. His family escaped Nazi death camps by leaving Germany in December 1938, after synagogues and Jewish businesses were destroyed during Kristallnacht.

The presentation is at 12:30 p.m. at the museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, and is free with museum admission.

Also on Saturday, an architectural tour of the museum will show how Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman infused each space in the museum with emotional and historical symbolism. It begins at 11 a.m. and is free with admission.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day honors the 6 million Jews and millions of additional victims who died in the Holocaust.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, the concert "The New Music Studio at Terezin" showcases works by composers who were imprisoned in a "model" concentration camp during the Holocaust. Reservations are required; see or call (847) 967-4800.

Museum general admission is $15 for adults, $10 for ages 65 and over, $8 for ages 12-22, $6 for ages 5-11, half off for military personnel and free for members.

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