KRISTALLNACHT – THE DAY THE HOLOCAUST BEGAN
The world was stunned by the Night of Broken Glass, November 9–10, 1938, when many hundreds of synagogues throughout the German Reich were destroyed, when 91 Jews were killed by rampaging mobs, and when 30,000 Jews were sent to concentration camps. But the world reaction was that of almost universal passivity, even though this nationwide pogrom was the most widely reported event of the entire Shoah. On the 80th anniversary of that horrific night we will examine the way it emboldened Hitler for something far worse, and we will also reflect upon the lessons Kristallnacht offers for our own day.
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Sponsors: Cong. Beth Emek, CCJCC & Lehrhaus Judaica.
Modern Jewish historian Fred Rosenbaum, the Founding Director Emeritus of Lehrhaus Judaica, is an award-winning teacher, educator and author. As a Fulbright Fellow, he studied for a year in West Germany at Goettingen University. Rosenbaum is also the award-winning author of eight books, including four on the Shoah. Since 2014, he was the Traveling Scholar for study tours to Poland, Latvia/ Lithuania; Belgium/France; Germany/Austria, and Croatia/Bosnia- Herzegovina. He moderated panel discussions in eight European countries with prominent journalists, academics, activists, and Jewish community leaders.