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Commemoration: 80th Anniversary of the Babiy Yar Massacre & Holocaust in the Soviet Union Gallery Opening with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Thursday, September 30, 2021 24 Tishrei 5782

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

While more than 2.5 million of the Shoah’s victims were Soviet Jews, many of the stories of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust on the Nazi-occupied territory of the former Soviet Union have never been heard. In our own Chicago community, virtually every Russian Jewish family has a connection to these losses and a story to tell.

Join CJE SeniorLife Holocaust Community Services, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and community members, as we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Babiy Yar massacre and the opening of the Museum’s multi-gallery Holocaust in the Soviet Union core exhibition update.

This powerful commemoration and opening will include a keynote presentation by Professor Zvi Gitelman, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Preston Tisch, Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Author of Bitter Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, and Project Scholar for the Museum’s exhibition project; music from the Grammy-nominated Yiddish Glory project, with remarks by Professor Anna Shternshis, Al and Malka Green Professor of Yiddish Studies, University of Toronto; remarks by Holocaust Community Services and Illinois Holocaust Museum; and a candle-lighting ceremony. 

This program will be live and on-site at Illinois Holocaust Museum. A virtual viewing option will be available. The program will be conducted in English with simultaneous Russian translation available for both on-site and virtual audiences.

***Masks are required, social distance guidelines will be observed, and seating is limited at the on-site program.***

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