The annual U.S. Holocaust Remembrance Day, established by Congress in 1980, falls on Thursday this year. Activities and programs are held throughout that week, known as the Days of Remembrance, by religious, community, government and private institutions.
For more information, go to ushmm.org, the site of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
Chicago-area remembrance events:
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center: Abraham Foxman, a Holocaust survivor and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, will speak on the memory and meaning of the Holocaust at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Also, a Holocaust Remembrance Concert will take place at 3 p.m. April 22. Reservations are required for both events. tinyurl.com/2f398s5; 847-967-4505 (Foxman event) or 847-967-4889 (concert); 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
WTTW-Ch. 11: The station will rebroadcast the one-hour documentary "Prisoner of Her Past," which traces the story of Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich (mother of Tribune arts critic Howard Reich, my husband), whose childhood memories unraveled her life. The movie was produced by Kartemquin Films in association with the Chicago Tribune. 9 p.m. Thursday
Spertus, a Center for Jewish Learning & Culture: Pianist Jeanne Golan will perform pieces by Viktor Ullmann, a Czech composer of Jewish lineage who died at Auschwitz in 1944. 7 p.m. Thursday, spertus.edu, 312-322-1773, 610 S.Michigan Ave.
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