How the Illinois Holocaust Museum will mark the anniversary

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center will mark the anniversaries of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the end of World War II with special programs Monday and throughout the year.

Here are a few of those events.

• Monday, former U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman of New York will talk about the legislation she helped pass in 1978 that led to the investigation and deportation of dozens of Nazi war criminals who immigrated to the United States after the war. The event will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

• The program "Voices of the Liberators, the Liberated, and the Lost" is planned for 1:30 p.m. April 19 to coincide with a Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. Speeches by civic, religious and political leaders are planned, as are spoken-word and musical performances and a candle-lighting ceremony featuring Holocaust survivors and their descendants.

• A live performance of "I Died in Auschwitz: A Remarkable Story of Survival" is planned for 3 p.m. July 12. The one-man show weaves the stories of a Polish Jew coming of age during World War II, a half-Jewish lieutenant in the German army, a high-ranking Nazi officer, and a Jewish-American comedian.

The museum is at 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Admission prices vary from $6 to $15.

For more information about the museum and a complete schedule of programs, visit or call (847) 967-4800.

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