Last Whispers:

Our Holocaust Stories

A Storytelling Initiative by the Selfhelp Home

“We must be listened to: above and beyond our personal experience, we have collectively witnessed a fundamental unexpected event, fundamental precisely because unexpected, not foreseen by anyone. It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere.” — Primo Levi

Help Us Remember On June 30, 2019

The Selfhelp Home was founded in 1938 to care for the aging Jews of Europe who found refuge here in Chicago. Home to Holocaust survivors and refugees to this day, the Selfhelp Home is opening its doors to all Chicago-area survivors and refugees to record and preserve their family’s stories of survival, perseverance, and hope.

If you or your loved ones have a story to share, please use the accompanying form to request a 20-minute interview slot. They will be made available throughout the day from 10am to 4pm on a first come, first served basis, with multiple crews ready to conduct and record the interviews.

Families are invited to attend and support their loved ones. Attendees are welcome to attend our weekly Sunday concert at 2:30.

Reserve A Session

“Education and remembrance are the only cures for hatred and bigotry.”

-Miriam Oster

Contact Us

If you have a general inquiry or question regarding this initiative, please use this form to get in touch with us. Thank you!

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