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Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum hosts Holocaust memorial event
April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will remember Holocaust victims, survivors and their families on Tuesday, April 26, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Springfield. The “Evening of Remembrance” will commemorate Yom HaShoah, an annual worldwide observance of more than six million Jews and others murdered and persecuted through Nazi atrocities.
The ALPLM will open its doors to the public at 6 p.m., giving guests an opportunity to visit “Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory.” The exhibit, on loan from Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, features personal artifacts and intimate stories curated from survivors of seven genocides.
In addition, the ALPLM will premiere “A Promise Kept,” a 14-minute film shown on a customized surround screen. The film by Illinois Holocaust Center features the late Fritzie Fritzshall, an Auschwitz survivor who made Illinois home after WWII. Fritzshall walks viewers through her Czechoslovakian home and then through current-day Auschwitz, reflecting on her life in the camp.
A Yom HaShoah commemoration will begin at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Union Theater. Writings of Holocaust victims and survivors will be read by area descendants, and classical musicians will perform, allowing guests moments of reflection.
This event is free and open to the public. The media is encouraged to attend.
The mission of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is to inspire civic engagement through the diverse lens of Illinois history and sharing with the world the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. We pursue this mission through a combination of rigorous scholarship and high-tech showmanship built on the bedrock of the ALPLM’s unparalleled collection of historical materials.