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Kristallnacht 84 Years Later: Special Performance of “The Suitcase”

Philip L. and Ellen V. Glass Holocaust Commemorative Series

Join Illinois Holocaust Museum as we commemorate the 84th anniversary of the “Night of Broken Glass” with a program of remembrance, reflection, and performance. This powerful intergenerational commemoration features “The Suitcase,” a one-man show by Tim Lorsch, the first-born son of Jews who fled Nazi Germany in the late 1930s.

In 2016, a suitcase was found in a small antique store in the Czech Republic. This suitcase made its way to Tim Lorsch, a producer, session player, arranger and songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. When opened, it was discovered that the suitcase had the name of Tim’s great-uncle, “Julius Israel Lorsch,” inscribed inside. Blending narrative storytelling with music and archival video, “The Suitcase” weaves a multi-layered story of both the Lorsch family and Tim’s discovery of their history, community, and survival.

The performance will be preceded by remarks from dignitaries, a candle-lighting ceremony featuring Survivors and descendants of Survivors, as well as memorial prayers.

Free to the public.


Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.


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