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Annual Shoah and Kristallnacht Commemorations

These lectures are meant to commemorate the events of November 9-10, 1938; when the Nazis staged vicious pogroms - state-sanctioned anti-Jewish riots - against Jewish communities in Germany and parts of Austria.  The term, Kristallnacht (usually translated as "Night of Broken Glass"), is a reference to the thousands of Jewish homes which were ransacked along with more than 1,000 synagogues and 7,000 Jewish businesses. These pogroms marked an intensification of Nazi anti-Jewish policy that would culminate in the Holocaust and Shoah.

Past Lectures and Events:

  • Holding on through Letters: Jewish Families During the Holocaust
    Co-sponsor:: The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center
    Lecture by Dr. Deborah Dwork, Clark University
  • The Christian Response to the Kristallnacht November Pogrom
    Co-sponsor: the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center
    Lecture by Katharina von Kellenbach, Professor of Religious Studies at St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • The Arc of Holocaust Memory after 9/11: The Cases of Berlin and New York City
    Co-sponsor: the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center
    Lecture by scholar Dr. James E. Young, Director, Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Music Amici
    An evening of chamber music, vocal music, poetry, and visual art to mark the 74th anniversary of Kristallnacht with music composed in the camps and by survivors. The event featured artist-composer Judith Goldstein's music along with that of other survivor-composers.
  • Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi
    Lecture by Neal Bascomb, author and photojournalist. Neal Bascomb describes his research about the hunt for, and capture of Adolf Eichmann, the operational manager for the mass murder of Europe's Jews by the Nazi Party during WWII.