Holocaust Survivor Magda Brown Tells Her Story to Steiner Employees and Their Families

On May 18, 2019 Steiner had the honor to host Holocaust survivor Magda Brown for 100 employees and their families, ranging in ages from 12 to 70.  Born in Hungary in 1927, Magda was sent to Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 17. Magda has spoken to over 100,000 people the past 15 years throughout the country and internationally. Listening to Magda speak was an incredible experience, she is truly an inspiration to all of us and a reminder that we must NEVER FORGET what happened. Hers is an incredible story of courage and strength.

Even after experiencing horrendous torture and imprisonment her message was: “Have Faith, Fantasy, Drive and Believe that tomorrow will be better. Next to health, the next best thing is freedom, and think before you hate.”

Reflections from Some Who Attended

Thank you so much for yesterday!  Magda Brown is an incredible, strong person and I consider a hero to mankind.  This was an honor to listen to her yesterday and both Jamie and I just want to thank you and your family for allowing us that time to listen to her story!

Thanks, Tom Zapp


Thank you again for allowing us to participate in the Magda Brown presentation.  Magda really is a living lesson in poise and grace.  Kaelin and I both left on Saturday in a completely different mindset than when we walked in.  I have overheard Kae talking to her friends about the experience all weekend.  She was really moved by what she heard and in speaking to Ms. Brown after the event.

Again, we are very thankful to have been able to come and participate in something we feel is so important.

Dawn Thomas


I wanted to thank you for having Magda as a speaker on Saturday.  I have been thinking about it ever since.  What a strong wonderful woman.  She didn’t show any bitterness which amazed me.  I would be bitter forever.

Thanks again, Bernie Eadon


I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to listen to Magda’s story this past Saturday. Being part of the “last generation” that can listen to and learn from these stories directly from someone who survived the Holocaust, was an incredible experience. The way Magda described her adolescence pre WW2, the Holocaust, and the events that led her to be enslaved at Auschwitz and then transported somewhere in East Germany assembling poisonous gas was remarkable. The vividness in which Magda described the selection process and how she was separated from her mother, was sad, and heartbreaking. Simple pleasures were gone, like a shower, toiletries, shoes, clothes, and basic human decency. The precision in which the Germans conducted the work labor camps, was shocking and disturbing. Yet, throughout all these horrors and atrocities and being poisoned, Magda never lost her faith and her desire to keep dreaming and fighting. The manner in which Magda speaks and keeps her composure is elegant and joyful, to say the least. I also enjoyed her ending and reminding “the last generation” it is our responsibility to stand up to the bullies and make them our friends and to understand their point of view. They may have a broken home, or their own shortcomings, and may have been taught to show intolerance to different viewpoints and cultures.  Magda reminded us nothing is black and white, except for what is right and wrong. There are good people and bad people in this world, but there are always more good people than bad. A key takeaway from Magda’s story was “Next to your health, freedom is just as important”.  This mantra resonates loud and clear, especially when paired with the poem Magda shared with the audience. We must not allow history to repeat itself and we do this by sharing Magda’s story with our friends and family.

Sincerely, Elmer Jovel

Join Steiner When LIGHTFAIR Lights Up Chicago’s Lakefront

After a 20-year hiatus, LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) returns to Chicago May 6-10, 2018, and Steiner plans to make this show a memorable one.

Accompany Steiner to LIGHTFAIR on May 8, the opening day for exhibits, and receive:

Join Steiner at LIGHTFAIR 2018 this May.
  • FREE: Exhibit hall pass ($99 value and good for duration of show).
  • FREE: Transportation to and from the show on May 8 from either Steiner’s Elk Grove Village location or its Rockford location. (See chart below for further details.*)
  • FREE: Hot Breakfast Buffet from Chicago’s iconic Manny’s Delicatessen.
  • FREE: Tour of Steiner’s state-of-the-art Lighting and Technology Center.

Steiner’s LIGHTFAIR event is co-sponsored by Acuity Brands, and Philips.

Free Entry to World’s Largest Lighting Fair

With the free Exhibit Hall pass from Steiner, you can gain entry to LIGHTFAIR, the worlds’ largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. The show is considered the premier event for the lighting industry that focuses on a variety of topics, including connecting innovative design, cutting-edge style, state-of-the-art technology, networking opportunities, and continuing education courses.

The show is expected to attract nearly 30,000 visitors to Chicago’s McCormick Place.  More than 550 exhibitors are scheduled to showcase their wares throughout 6 pavilions. To view an exhibitors list, as of mid-March, click here.

More than 550 exhibitors are scheduled to showcase their lighting wares at LIGHTFAIR 2018.

It will be the first time since 1995 that the trade show and conference will be held in Chicago. “We expect Chicago and McCormick Place to help deliver a LIGHTFAIR experience of extraordinary relevance and resonance,” says Jeffrey Portman Sr., vice chairman of LFI managing partner AmericasMart Atlanta. “The spectacular scope of LIGHTFAIR exhibits, together with its extensive conference programming, demands an environment of the scale which McCormick Place offers–one that our customers will embrace and enjoy.”

Earn CEUs

LIGHTFAIR will also be home to educational courses and sessions beginning with pre-conference events on May 6 and running throughout the show. Topics include: lighting, design, technology, smart lighting, lighting and health, retrofitting buildings, managing LED costs and more.

The educational component, includes:

  • Conference offering approximately 200 hours of accredited education
  • Accredited courses that range from 60 minutes to 2-day immersion sessions at every level, from Foundational to Advanced, as well as General courses.

In addition, the show will feature a Smart Cities Forum and a Light & Health Forum. Both Forums take place on Wednesday, May 9, and offer six conference sessions. Forum sessions are available as a package or à la carte.

The Smart Cities Forum explores how smart cities are leading lighting into the Internet of Things (IoT) where lighting enables digital technologies critical to the expansion of city services. The Light & Health Forum will explore light’s impact on humans as well as plants and wildlife.

*Travel Information
Buses Depart from Steiner’s Rockford facility at 6:30a.m.
(6900 Rock Valley Pkwy, Loves Park, IL 61111)
Buses Depart from Elk Grove Village at 7a.m.
(1250 Touhy Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007)
Buses Arrive at Steiner’s Lighting and Technology Center at approximately 8a.m. for a free breakfast and tour.
Buses Depart for LIGHTFAIR at 9:30 a.m. for travel to McCormick Place.
Buses Depart McCormick Place at 4p.m. for return trips to Rockford and Elk Grove Village facilities