A project of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and photographer Jim Lommasson

THIS EXTREMELY POWERFUL EXHIBIT features photographs and images of more than 36 personal artifacts brought to America as families fled persecution and war. It includes moving stories of Chicagoland survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides as told through their everyday, personal belongings. The exhibit allows the viewer to walk in a survivor’s shoes and experience through their eyes the strength and courage that was required to survive genocidal atrocities. 

This special installation at Barrington’s White House is made possible by:

Exhibit Details

The exhibit features collaborative artworks by celebrated photographer Jim Lommasson and survivors of the Holocaust and seven other genocides including those in ArmeniaBosniaCambodiaIraqRwandaSouth Sudan and Syria. Throughout the exhibit, attendees will discover the stories of genocide survivors, including: 

MIRSAD CAUSEVIC, who was captured by Serb forces in 1992 and was sent first to the notorious Omarska concentration camp and then to a second camp at Manjaca. He saved the set of playing cards and recipes displayed in the exhibit.

RALPH REHBOCK, who escaped death in Germany with his family during synagogue burnings in 1938 and saved his family’s cherished train set. 

IMMACULEE MUKANTAGANIRA, who lost her husband and two daughters as well as many relatives and friends in the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi. She recovered meaningful items of clothing from her daughter’s discovered gravesite as well as a family photo album.

Interactive Virtual Survivor Stories Experience

Attendees will have the extraordinary opportunity to hear high-definition interview recordings paired with voice recognition technology, which enables survivors to tell their deeply moving personal stories and respond to questions from the audience, inviting visitors to have a personalized, one-on-one ‘conversation.’

Survivor Stories Experience features Dimensions in Testimony, developed by USC Shoah Foundation in association with Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Auschwitz survivor Fritzie Fritzshall standing in front of her hologram.

Additional Events

An Interview with Sam Harris, Survivor of the Holocaust

Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 pm
Registration required

Mr. Sam Harris, one of the youngest recorded survivors of the concentration camps during the Holocaust, will sit down with Barrington resident and Courageous Conversations leader Jessica Green for an intimately personal interview that is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Mr. Harris will discuss his book, Sammy, Child Survivor of the Holocaust. 

Understanding the Holocaust Through Film

Thursday, October 27, 7:30 pm
Registration required

A multitude of films since the end of World War II have exposed the harsh realities of genocide and emphasized the strength of the human spirit in the face of the most horrific of circumstances.

Esteemed film critic Dann Gire from the Daily Herald and film history teacher Raymond Benson from the College of DuPage will review their most highly recommended films about the Holocaust, including Shoah, Sophie’s Choice, Schindler’s List, and Life is Beautiful. 

“I Never Saw Another Butterfly”:
The Holocaust Through Music

Sunday, November 6, 3:00 p.m.
Registration required

Joanne McDade, soprano, and Dr. Thomas Snydacker, saxophonist and faculty member at Northern Illinois University will present a program of vocal and instrumental music resulting in part from poems and musical works written by children and adults during the Holocaust. The concert will feature the song cycle “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Lori Laitman.

Hours of Operation

Plan Your Visit Using Specific Exhibit & Event Hours Below

Click on the dates to view details. Questions? Reach out to culturalevents@barringtonswhitehouse.com
  • Exhibit open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Interactive Virtual Survivor Stories “Hologram” plays every hour at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm
  • An Interview with Sam Harris at 7:30 pm (registration required). Exhibit will open at 6:30 pm for attendees
  • Exhibit open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Interactive Virtual Survivor Stories “Hologram” plays every hour at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm
  • Exhibit open from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Interactive Virtual Survivor Stories “Hologram” Every hour, on the hour, at 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm
  • Understand the Holocaust Through Film at 7:30 pm (registration required). Exhibit will open at 6:30 pm for attendees
  • Exhibit open from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Interactive Virtual Survivor Stories “Hologram” Every hour, on the hour, at 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm
  • Exhibit open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Interactive Virtual Survivor Stories “Hologram” plays every hour at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm
  • Exhibit open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Interactive Virtual Survivor Stories “Hologram” plays every hour at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm
  • Exhibit open from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Interactive Virtual Survivor Stories “Hologram” Every hour, on the hour, at 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm
  • Exhibit open from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Interactive Virtual Survivor Stories “Hologram” Every hour, on the hour, at 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm
  • Exhibit open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Interactive Virtual Survivor Stories “Hologram” plays every hour at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm
  • Exhibit open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Interactive Virtual Survivor Stories “Hologram” plays every hour at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm
  • “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”: The Holocaust Through Music at 3:00 pm (registration required)