Update: This article just won an award for Midwest Destinations Travel Writing by the Midwest Travel Journalists Association.
If a building can have a personality, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is pensive.
Housed in a curious industrial building off the highway in Skokie, the 6-year-old museum stands in contrast to the surrounding area. It is the third-largest Holocaust museum in the world, and is owned by a nonprofit started by Skokie-resident Jewish Holocaust survivors.
There’s a quiet heaviness as you walk through the entrance, and the busyness of life outside the doors seems somehow paltry.
“The mystery of this place is in the details,” said Jerry Lidsky, museum docent. “If you tune into this place, it begins to speak to you.”
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