“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” Elie Wiesel

Karkomi Permanent Exhibition – Illinois Holocaust Museum

Karkomi Permanent ExhibitionThe Zev and Shifra Karkomi Permanent Exhibition is a place where those familiar with the Holocaust and those learning about it for the first time can experience pre-war European life, ghettos and concentration camps, liberation and resettlement around the world through more than 500 artifacts, documents, photographs, and a German rail car of the type used in Nazi deportations. It has a special focus on post-war life in Skokie, Illinois, which had the largest per capita population of Holocaust survivors outside of Israel, and sparked the Museum’s eventual creation.

The exhibition concludes with a summary film that connects the lessons of the Holocaust with other genocides around the world. Docent-led tours provide context, understanding and clarity, and survivor stories woven throughout the exhibition make the experience both powerful and personal.

The average visit time is approximately two to three hours. This exhibition is recommended for visitors 12 years of age and older.


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