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Triumph of the Spirit exhibit features Jewish athletes before, during and after the Holocaust

Triumph of the Spirit Exhibit

In partnership with JCC Chicago, Northbrook Public Library invites the community to visit the “Triumph of the Spirit: Jewish Athletes Before, During, and After the Holocaust” exhibit on the library’s 2nd floor. The exhibit, which will be on display through June 15, features a collection of photos and reproductions of rare memorabilia of famous Jewish Olympic athletes whose lives were tragically impacted by the Holocaust.


The photos and memorabilia featured in the display were collected by Neil Keller, whose passion for preserving the legacies of prominent Jewish sports figures spans over 37 years. His remarkable collection introduces some of history’s most influential and decorated Jewish athletes, including collectibles, photographs, trading cards, family memorabilia, historical newspaper clippings, and magazine articles. The exhibit also includes personal and touching stories about these inspirational and courageous men and women.


Library Events Production Manager Arielle Raybuck helped to coordinate the partnership with JCC Chicago. “We really value the opportunity to share this profound exhibit with the Northbrook community,” she said. “We also look forward to welcoming Neil Keller to the library on May 14 to share some of the remarkable stories of the athletes featured in the exhibit.


Neil Keller Presentation: Triumph of the Spirit on May 14 at 7pm

To learn about the rich history and inspiring stories of these remarkable athletes, the public is invited to an intimate conversation with collector Neil Keller in Northbrook Public Library’s Auditorium on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00pm. Advance registration is required for this free event. Registration is available at



This exhibit was made possible through a collaboration with Neil Keller and Susana Flaum, Gallery Director of the Judi & Allan Schuman Museum Gallery of the Adolph and Rose Levis JCC, Boca Raton, Florida, and is powered by JCC Chicago’s Growing Hope. More information about Growing Hope is available by visiting