Better Makers: Illinois Holocaust Museum Hosts 2nd Annual Survivor Brunch

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The Illinois Holocaust Museum hosted a celebratory brunch on June 29 for over 100 Holocaust survivors to honor the survivors’ endless contributions to our community. The brunch’s keynote speech was delivered by Abbey Romanek, The Honorable Judge of Circuit Court of Cook County, Museum Board of Trustees member and daughter of a Survivor. Romanek has dedicated herself to using the museum’s exhibitions to teach our community the universal lessons that came from the Holocaust: the need to combat hatred, prejudice and indifference in today’s world.

“As the child of a Survivor, I knew from a very early age that I had a responsibility to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to the next generation,” Romanek said at the event.

Holocaust Survivor and Museum President Fritzie Fritzshall of Buffalo Grove, Noah Marcell of Chicago, and Vice President of Development Ken Cooper of Skokie
Holocaust Survivor and Museum President Fritzie Fritzshall of Buffalo Grove, Noah Marcell of Chicago, and Vice President of Development Ken Cooper of Skokie
Anne Maryles of Chicago, right
Anne Maryles of Chicago, right
Museum CEO Susan Abrams of Highland Park and Holocaust Survivor Barney Sidler of Northbrook
Museum CEO Susan Abrams of Highland Park and Holocaust Survivor Barney Sidler of Northbrook
Holocaust Survivors Leonie Irgman, Sara Hafft of Buffalo Grove, Ralph Cohn of Lincolnshire and Museum President Emeritus Samuel Harris of Kildeer
Holocaust Survivors Leonie Bergman, Sara Hafft of Buffalo Grove, Ralph Cohn of Lincolnshire and Museum President Emeritus Samuel Harris of Kildeer
Holocaust Survivors Johanna Brainin (Starkopf) of Highland Park and Ida Kersz of Skokie
Holocaust Survivors Johanna Brainin (Starkopf) of Highland Park and Ida Kersz of Skokie
Marlene Steiner, Holocaust Survivor Barbara Steiner of Chicago and Holocaust Survivor Sima Steiner of Chicago
Marlene Steiner, Holocaust Survivor Barbara Steiner of Chicago and Holocaust Survivor Sima Steiner of Chicago

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