On September 9, 2014 Howard Ankin attended a Holocaust Museum luncheon. Click here to view some of the gallery that took place on this night.
The history of the museum began in Skokie, Illinois. In the 1970’s, neo-Nazis threatened to march into Skokie. The Holocaust survivors were shocked and could no longer remain silent. Due to the marches, survivors of the Holocaust in the Chicagoland area congregated and began the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois. The museum originated as a Skokie storefront made available to the public, with children being the main attracters. 30 years later, the small storefront developed into a 65,000-square-foot Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, meaning the 30 years of hard work paid off.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum “salutes the courage and resilience of the survivors,” as well as honors the millions murdered.