Kirk Players to host program with Holocaust survivor May 17

Updated 5/5/2022 3:55 PM

Before its upcoming production of "The Diary of Anne Frank," the Kirk Players are partnering with Congregation Or Shalom in Vernon Hills and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in remembering the Holocaust with a special program.

In the spirit of the education and history that inspired the book and play, Samuel R. Harris, a child survivor of the Holocaust, on will speak Tuesday, May 17.


Samuel will share his knowledge and memories of that time, and his wife, Dede, a narrative artist, will also speak at the event.

The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. at Congregation Or Shalom, 21 Hawthorn Parkway. A Q&A session will be held after the speakers have concluded.

The event is planned to take place outdoors; in the event of bad weather, it will move indoors.

There is no charge for this event; donations are welcome at the event to support the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.

Masks will be required. The program is recommended for ages 12 or older.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. To register, visit

The Kirk Players will be presenting the classic play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman, on June 10-12 at Mundelein High School.

For information about Samuel R. Harris, visit

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