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February 2024: Kristallnacht News Update

Thank you again for signing the Kristallnacht declaration. Every month we send a few stories about Kristallnacht and the Holocaust that made the news in the previous month. Towards November 2024 we will share information about Light Up The Church 2024.

Below is the update from the stories of February 2024.

  • The night of the broken glass

    The Holocaust didn’t start with death camps. It was a gradual process, a slow burn that eventually erupted into an overwhelming catastrophe. But by that point, it was too late. The fire was raging. The boxcars were full. Within 12 years, Europe’s diverse and thriving Jewish communities had turned to ash.

  • Holocaust survivor recounts incredible life since escaping Nazi Germany

    Holocaust survivor Werner Salinger fled Nazi Germany with his parents when he was just 6 years old, though not before witnessing the horrible night of Kristallnacht. He spoke about his experiences before and after the Holocaust during a Zoom presentation by the Lappin Foundation Thursday night to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

  • How many Holocaust memorial days do we need?

    There are three different days for remembering the Holocaust. Each one has a different message. Which message do we need today?

  • The Kindertransport: What Really Happened

    During a ten-month period from December 1938 until September 1939, Britain admitted more than 10,000 refugees up to the age of 18 from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland under a special immigration program known as the kindertransport. Introduced a month after the Kristallnacht pogrom in Germany, it was a hastily assembled visa waiver scheme financed by charities and private donations.

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day rings differently this year

    The United Nations General Assembly voted to create International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005 and set the day as January 27th, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. It's a separate day from Yom HaShoah, which is the Holocaust memorial day instituted in Israel and observed each spring since 1949, shortly after the modern state of Israel was established.

  • The Origins of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    The commemorations on January 27 remind us that the Holocaust was the result of step-by-step decisions by individuals that led to the largest genocide in the history of mankind in a wave of antisemitism, intolerance, and hatred.

  • Statement from President Joe Biden on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    This year, the charge to remember the Holocaust, the evil of the Nazis, and the scourge of antisemitism is more pressing than ever. On October 7 Hamas terrorists unleashed pure, unadulterated evil on the people of Israel, slaughtering approximately 1,200 innocent people and taking hundreds more hostage – including survivors of the Shoah. It was the worst atrocity committed against the Jewish people in a single day since the Holocaust.

  • Muslims and Jews in Bosnia observe Holocaust Remembrance Day and call for peace and dialogue

    Jews and Muslims from Bosnia and abroad gathered in Srebrenica on Saturday to jointly observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day and to promote compassion and dialogue amid the Israel-Hamas war. The gathering was organized by the center preserving memory of Europe’s only acknowledged genocide since the Holocaust — the massacre in the closing months of Bosnia’s 1992-95 interethnic war of more than 8,000 Muslim Bosniaks in Srebrenica.

  • Who Needs Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2024?

    The United Nations, which at the initiative of its Israeli delegation designated the day back in 2005 to build Holocaust awareness and prevent further acts of genocide, now deploys the lessons of the Holocaust against the Jewish people. The U.N. has yet to condemn the explicitly and admittedly genocidal acts of Hamas against Israel on October 7 while its International Court of Justice is trying Israel for genocide in Gaza. If this is the result of remembering the Holocaust, we Jews would prefer they forgot about it.

  • Statement by the Prime Minister on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    “On January 27, 1945, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated. Within its confines, over one million Jews had been barbarically murdered. The Nazi genocide of the Jewish people remains the largest in human history, accounting for two thirds of the Jewish population in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti and millions of people belonging to other groups – Slavs, members of the LGBTQI+ community, persons with disabilities, and political opponents – were also targeted by the Nazis. In total, over 11 million people were murdered by the end of the Second World War. Each one of their stories serves as an enduring reminder of the consequences of hate and discrimination.

  • ‘Never again is every day’: Scholz’s antisemitism warning on Holocaust Remembrance Day

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday called on all citizens to defend Germany’s democracy and fight antisemitism as the country marked the 79th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau during World War II.

  • On Holocaust Remembrance Day, a look at how Germany remembers the past

    Germany devotes enormous resources to educating school children about the Holocaust, antisemitism, and discrimination. Despite that, antisemitic and anti-immigrant rhetoric has increased.

  • Holocaust Architect: The Rise And Fall Of Adolf Eichmann

    Uncover the chilling story of Adolf Eichmann, the key architect of the Holocaust. Following Nazi Germany's defeat near the end of WW2, Eichmann was captured by US forces and held in a detention center. However, he was able to escape before ultimately fleeing to Argentina. Unwilling to let him escape justice, this is the story of how he was hunted down and brought to trial. War Stories is your one stop shop for all things military history. From Waterloo to Verdun, we'll be bringing you only the best documentaries and stories from history's most engaging and dramatic conflicts.

  • What we keep getting wrong about the Holocaus

    Stone, professor of modern history and director of the Holocaust Research Institute at the University of London, concedes that the literature of the Holocaust is so vast and variegated that no one person could possibly master it all. Yet he also suggests that significant aspects of the destruction of European Jewry have been neglected or misunderstood, problems he aims to address in The Holocaust: An Unfinished History.

  • I stared at the chilling Holocaust photos: was the grandmother I never knew in them?

    Was my grandmother in one of those photographs? Was it possible, more than 80 years after the event, that the grandmother I never knew was pictured in the paper where I worked for more than a decade, just days before her death? I have consulted the experts, but so far they have drawn a blank.

  • Recognizing The Extraordinary Courage Of Victims/Survivors Of The Holocaust And Others

    On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the biggest Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in the then occupied Poland. At that concentration camp, over a million men, women and children were killed in the most heinous of ways. In 2024, for the remembrance day, the United Nations has been paying tribute to the bravery of all those who stood up to the Nazis, despite the grave risks. The United Nations undertook to honor their legacy with their remarkable stories and history. In the memory of all victims and survivors, the United Nations committed and recommitted to step up their efforts to counter Holocaust denial, antisemitism and racism.

  • Secret photos of Jews being deported by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust discovered for first time in 80 years

    A German historian stumbled across a series of saddening photos secretly taken during the beginning stages of the Holocaust of Jewish families being deported from their homes by the Nazi regime.

  • A Holocaust museum that predates WWII, London’s Wiener Library turns 90 this month

    LONDON — The Wiener Holocaust Library, which marks its 90th anniversary this month, is no ordinary museum. It is not simply the size of its collections — estimated to include up to 2 million items — nor the fact that it later assisted the prosecutors at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trails, the Israeli authorities in their quest to bring Adolf Eichmann to justice, and American author Deborah Lipstadt in her legal battle with the Holocaust-denying historian David Irving.

  • Joey King Wants to Educate Gen Z About the Holocaust

    Joey King and Logan Lerman spoke about the importance of Jewish stories while presenting their show We Were the Lucky Ones during Friday’s Hulu panel at the Television Critics Association conference. Based on Georgia Hunter’s non-fiction book of the same name, We Were the Lucky Ones follows one Jewish family trying to survive the events of the Holocaust and reunite after World War II. Lerman stars as Hunter’s grandfather, Addy, and King stars as another family member from the same time period, Halina.

  • Recognizing The Extraordinary Courage Of Victims And Survivors Of The Holocaust

    For the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, the U.N. remembered the story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, a Bauhaus-trained Jewish artist and educator who brought art materials with her when she was deported to Terezín. Terezín ghetto-camp was a camp incarcerating the elderly, war veterans, prominent Jewish artists, writers, composers, musicians, academics and over 15,000 Jewish children.


    On Feb. 18, Alexander spoke to ASU students and other attendees on the Tempe campus to share his personal experience of living through 12 different concentration camps. The event took place at the Student Pavilion and was hosted by the Jewish student organization Chabad at ASU and the Executive Director Rabbi Shmuel Tiechtel. In 1939, at the start of the war, Alexander was forced to move with his mother, father, brother and two sisters from a small town in Poland to the largest ghetto in Warsaw.

  • ‘Emigré,’ a musical drama about Shanghai’s Jewish community during WWII, makes its US premiere

    Josef and Otto’s experience in China is the core of “Emigré,” a new “semi-staged musical drama” that will have its U.S. premiere at the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. The plot and its characters may be fictional but the broad strokes of the story are very real: At the onset of World War II, around 20,000 European Jews fled to Shanghai, one of the few places at the time where immigrants could arrive without a visa. Much of that small but significant chapter of Jewish and Chinese history is preserved at the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, which, as it happens, held a pop-up exhibition in New York last summer.