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Thank you once again for signing the Kristallnacht declaration.

We typically send a few stories about Kristallnacht and the Holocaust that were in the news during the previous month on the first week of every month. This update covers a three month period, from November 2023 to last month, January 2024.

  • Kristallnacht-The Night The Holocaust Began

    Reflecting on the horrors of Kristallnacht and the Holocaust, we are reminded of the ongoing struggle against anti-Semitism. As we honor the memory of the victims, let us commit to speaking out against hatred and standing up for justice.

  • Kristallnacht: The Point When Emotional Antisemitism Became Systematic Government Violence 85 Years Ago

    Late in 1938, Nazis across Germany attacked Jews and their homes, businesses and places of worship and arrested about 30,000 Jewish men. The attacks became known as Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass,” for the streets littered with broken glass from the vandalism.

  • Local News South Florida's Jewish Community Gathers to Mark Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass

    Holocaust survivors, members of the Jewish community, their allies, and local leaders standing in solidarity against the rise of antisemitism, pledging their allegiance to Israel.

  • Emotional Antisemitism to a Systematic Antisemitism of Laws and Government Violence

    Late in 1938, Nazis across Germany attacked Jews and their homes, businesses and places of worship and arrested about 30,000 Jewish men. The attacks became known as Kristallnacht – the “Night of Broken Glass” – for the streets littered with broken glass from the vandalism.

  • Remembering the Past: Kristallnacht, Holocaust Survivor Recalls Wave of Antisemitism

    Hanne Holsten, of Larchmont, is a Holocaust survivor. Her mother and two siblings were taken into custody by the Nazis during a wave of antisemitic violence against Jewish communities in Germany. Holsten said she tells her story so that no one will ever forget the horrors of Kristallnacht and the Holocaust.

  • Holocaust Survivor George Shefi Retraces Escape 85 Years On

    He fled Nazi Germany as a small child without his parents. He was one of about 10,000 mostly Jewish children evacuated to the UK after the attacks, in what became known as the British Kindertransport programme. He remembers the smashed shops outside his home on Hauptstrasse in the Berlin district of Schöneberg, and being told not to go outside for a few days after the pogroms. He was shocked when he found out that his school, which was attached to a synagogue, had been burned to the ground.

  • Holocaust Survivors Share Stories of Resilience with Palm Beach County High School Students

    As war rages on in Israel, today begins Holocaust Education Week in Florida. In Palm Beach County, 250 high school students met with 25 Holocaust survivors to hear their stories. This is an annual event for the School District of Palm Beach County and the Holocaust Education Organization inSIGHT, to bring students and survivors together. But this year's timing was even more impactful.

  • Holocaust Survivor Recalls ‘night of Broken Glass’ Horrors in Interactive, Virtual Reality Project

    Charlotte Knobloch was 6 years old when she saw the synagogues of Munich burning and watched helplessly as two Nazi officers marched away a beloved friend of her father who was beaten up and bleeding on the forehead.

  • Germany Remembers Kristallnacht at a Fraught Moment

    As reports of antisemitism surge in Germany and elsewhere, commemorations of the Nazi pogrom have taken on special resonance this year. This year’s anniversary comes against a backdrop of a rise of the far-right in Germany, the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas and the subsequent Israeli bombardment of Gaza, which has helped fuel a surge of antisemitic attacks across Europe, including in Germany.

  • Germans Commemorate ‘Night of Broken Glass’ Terror as Antisemitism is on the Rise Again

    Across Germany, in schools, city halls, synagogues, churches and parliament, people came together Thursday to commemorate the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht — or the “Night of Broken Glass” — in 1938 in which the Nazis terrorized Jews throughout Germany and Austria.

  • Tensions High as Germany Marks 85th Anniversary of Nazi Pogrom

    The ninth of November has long been the most delicate day in the German calendar. It brings a balancing act of remembrance for the state-sanctioned murderous devastation of the Nazi pogroms across the country in 1938 and, 51 years later, the overnight collapse of the most famous barrier in the world, the Berlin Wall.

  • ‘Never again’ is now: At Kristallnacht memorial, Scholz vows to protect Germany’s Jews

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged Thursday to protect Germany’s Jews against a “shameful” upsurge in antisemitism in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war, on the anniversary of the Nazi Kristallnacht pogrom. Speaking in a Berlin synagogue that assailants targeted with two Molotov cocktails last month, Scholz said: “Essentially this is about keeping the promise given again and again in the decades since 1945… the promise ‘never again.'”

  • With antisemitism surging, Diaspora synagogues are ‘afraid’ to mark Kristallnacht

    Jewish communities from South America to Europe are canceling plans to commemorate the 85th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s Kristallnacht pogrom Thursday night due to surging antisemitism following the Hamas massacres of October 7, The Times of Israel has learned.

  • Learning about the Holocaust is still essential, even 80 years later

    What I remember most — and we’re going back 40 years — was hearing from a Holocaust survivor. We sat with her in a group of about 10 students at a small table, listening to her story and asking her questions. She showed us her tattoo: six numbers in blue ink marking her as a prisoner and a Jewish person. She also told us about her family and how they were forcibly moved, sent to a death camp, and, in many cases, killed. Her emotion was visceral, even though the events she was talking about, even then, were nearly 40 years in the past.

  • Holocaust survivors in LA mark 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht amid rising antisemitism

    Holocaust survivors and Jewish leaders in Los Angeles gathered Thursday to commemorate the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht - or the "Night of Broken Glass" - in 1938 in which the Nazis terrorized Jews throughout Germany and Austria. Kristallnacht, or "Night of Broken Glass," was a turning point in the escalated persecution of Jews.

  • October 7 was the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust. The Shoah Foundation is now documenting it

    After Hamas fighters raided Israeli farms and villages, killing and butchering more than 1,400 Israelis and taking more than 200 hostages on October 7, Peretz agreed to tape his own testimony so that others would not just move on. He was giving his testimony to the USC Shoah Foundation, which for years has collected the accounts of survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in countries like Cambodia and Rwanda.

  • Reverberations of Music From the Holocaust

    “Jews, have faith,” Mordechai Gebirtig, the celebrated Yiddish poet, wrote in 1940. “Revel, dance,” he pleaded: “There was once a Haman, his end awaits.” Though the Nazis would murder Gebirtig in Kraków, Poland, two years later, his songs continue to be sung today.

  • French Holocaust survivors, youth activists rally against surging antisemitism

    Survivors of Nazi atrocities joined young Jewish activists outside the Paris Holocaust Memorial Saturday to sound the alarm about resurgent antisemitic hate speech, graffiti, and abuse linked to the Israel-Hamas war.

  • 'The price of admission for us is constant hate:' Why a Holocaust survivor quit TikTok

    An 88-year-old Holocaust survivor using TikTok to make sure a new generation does not forget says he’s being bullied off the social media platform by resurging antisemitism and Holocaust denial.

  • Jewish writer Mitch Albom enters new territory with Holocaust novel ‘The Little Liar’

    “The Little Liar,” by contrast, is a squarely Jewish story. Like the 1969 Holocaust novel “Jacob the Liar,” by Jurek Becker, the story pivots on a Jew lying to his people about the Nazis. But unlike other Holocaust novels, Albom traces the repercussions of that moment for decades following the events of the Holocaust itself, through four central characters who wrestle with the trauma and violence of their past.

  • 85 Years After Kristallnacht: ‘Anti-Semitic Violence Is Not Confined To The Past’

    As the violence spread, 30,000 Jews were arrested for no crime other than being Jewish. More than 7,000 Jewish-owned businesses were destroyed, more than 1,300 synagogues, and even Jewish cemeteries, were vandalized or destroyed. German reports stated that 91 Jews were killed during Kristallnacht, but more recent estimates suggest that the number was much higher — additionally, according to the Holocaust Encyclopedia, police records indicated a spike in the number of rapes and suicides in the days and weeks that followed.

  • Norwegian students cancel Kristallnacht events on political grounds

    Commemorations did occur globally on the anniversary of the events that took place on Nov. 9-10, 1938, when Nazis murdered 91 Jews, burnt more than 1,400 synagogues and destroyed many Jewish-owned businesses in Germany and Austria on Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass.” (Scholars now say there may have been hundreds killed.)

  • The Night of Broken Glass, Never to Be Forgotten

    Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, was the Nazi dictatorship’s declaration of war against German and Austrian Jews and, implicitly, against Jews living anywhere in the world. Across Germany and German-annexed Austria on November 9–10, 1938, the Nazis staged spectacles of vengeance and degradation that shattered far more than glass. For Jewish communities, the extreme hatred unloosed on them made clear, for anyone with eyes to see, that this was a regime capable of anything.

  • Wagner College Holocaust Center marks Kristallnacht with interfaith remembrance

    On the eve of Kristallnacht, Wagner College Holocaust Center created an interfaith Holocaust remembrance titled “Leo’s Survival: Acts of Extraordinary Heroes of All Faiths,” — an enlightening event that featured Leo S. Ullman, a survivor, lawyer and philanthropist.

  • Stories of tragedy and the human spirit: Staten Island Holocaust Center commemorates Kristallnacht

    The Staten Island Holocaust Center (SIHC), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and fostering education, recently hosted a special event to commemorate Kristallnacht.

  • Jews who fled to safety in Britain on the Kindertransport 83 years ago remember the horror of Kristallnacht

    Literally translated as The Night of Broken Glass, Kristallnacht refers to the deadly pogrom which took place in Germany on November 9 1938. Nazis ransacked over 7,000 Jewish businesses, destroyed around 1,000 synagogues, murdered at least 91 Jewish people and vandalised hundreds of Jewish-owned properties, homes and schools.

  • Holocaust Survivor To Speak In Falmouth

    Ruth Oppenheim was born to a Jewish family in Werne, Germany, in 1927. She was 10 years old when Kristallnacht—the 1938 Nazi-coordinated pogrom against Jewish people in Germany—took place. When the Nazis pounded on her family’s door the night of Kristallnacht, her father pleaded with them to leave his family alone and take him instead. He returned hours later, bloodstained and with their synagogue’s Torah in hand. Later, the Nazis took him to the hospital and then to jail. After that night, Ms. Oppenheim’s family knew they had to leave Germany.

  • John Rylands Library to include story of Whitefield survivor

    A borough Holocaust survivor, who has been influencing generations with his story of survival, will have his book added to a historic Manchester library.

  • How Nicholas Winton saved 669 children (and counting) from the Holocaust: ‘He became everybody’s grandfather’

    Nicholas Winton didn’t like to make a fuss. The British humanitarian was a modest and unassuming man, who was loth to grandstand about his achievements. The fact that he helped to save 669 children from the Holocaust was a secret he kept for many years. “If there was something that needed doing and nobody was doing it, Nicholas would step in,” says John Fieldsend. “That was the motto for his life.”

  • Oskar Schindler’s Heroic Holocaust Legacy

    German industrialist Oskar Schindler is well known today (thanks to a 1993 Steven Spielberg movie) for saving the lives of more than 1,000 of his Jewish employees during the Holocaust. However, Schindler’s story and involvement in the Nazi party is more complex than its Hollywood portrayal.

  • One in five young Americans believes the Holocaust is a myth, poll finds

    In comparison, 8% of people between the ages of 30-44 agreed with the statement, as did 2% of people aged 45-64. However, of those over the age of 65 who were surveyed, 0% agreed with the statement and just 2% said that they neither agreed nor disagreed. Overall, 7% of Americans believe that the Holocaust is a myth.

  • Holocaust survivors to celebrate resilience at Hannukah event in shadow of Israel’s war with Hamas

    An organization aiding Holocaust survivors is celebrating their resilience with an online event later that will be held in the shadow of the war between Israel and Hamas. The event, put together by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, will be attended by dignitaries as well as Hollywood stars.

  • Miriam Litke: A survivor of Kristallnacht and the Holocaust

    On Shabbat, November 4, the residents of Bayit Balev, a retirement home in Jerusalem where I live, waited anxiously for a talk by Miriam Litke. It was the week of the anniversary of Kristallnacht, which took place across Germany and Austria on November 9 and 10, 1938. A survivor of that terrible event, Litke has become a noted authority on the period.

  • Final Account: Holocaust Murderers and Bystanders

    Luke Holland’s frank and sober movie, Final Account, deals with two under-documented facets of the Holocaust — the German perpetrators who carried out their crimes and the bystanders who passively watched them happen. Now available on Netflix, it unfolds against the backdrop of mounting antisemitism in Nazi Germany and the eruption of the Kristallnacht pogrom, a prelude to the mass murder of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe.

  • How ‘Schindler’s List’ Transformed Americans’ Understanding of the Holocaust

    Thirty years ago, Schindler’s List, directed by the illustrious Steven Spielberg, debuted in theaters across the United States. It not only was the most consequential English-language movie about the Holocaust up to that point but also shaped filmmaking and public consciousness of the genocide for years to come.

  • Twins credit their parents' courage for surviving Holocaust

    In 1944, twins Steven and Marion Hess and their parents were sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where more than 50,000 people died. Norah O'Donnell spoke to the twins about their extraordinary story of survival.

  • 98-year-old's Holocaust Survivor Band performs powerful message across the U.S.

    98-year-old Holocaust survivor Saul Dreier vividly remembers singing with his fellow prisoners amid the horrors of the concentration camp. Decades later, Saul formed a Holocaust survivor band where they play across the country and he even performed at the White House. NBC News’ Gabe Gutierrez shares his story.

  • Center for Holocaust and Humanity fighting rising antisemitism through education

    The Holocaust & Humanity Center in Cincinnati is hoping to fight the growing hate through education. Throughout the month of January, the museum is offering free admission — and they're encouraging people to come visit them to learn more about Jewish history.

  • The story of a Holocaust survivor

    January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The day, to commemorate the millions of victims of the holocaust and reaffirm the commitment to combat antisemitism, racism, and intolerance, holds more weight following the October 7th attack in Israel. Audrey Birnbaum is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor... Jack Wolf Schwersenz. Birnbaum's debut book is “American Wolf: From Nazi Refugee to American Spy”.

  • Holocaust survivor shares her story and a message of hope with Riverhead students

    ​​This spring, Riverhead Middle School eighth-graders will learn about the Holocaust in their social studies classes. But on Thursday, those students got a first-hand account of that history from the lips of one who lived it: Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan, who visited the middle school to give her personal account of her life as a child in 1930s Germany, the events that led to her imprisonment with her family in the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, her life at Bergen-Belsen, where “death was an everyday occurrence,” and the future she built after being liberated by Allied troops at the end of World War II.

  • Vandalism probe opened after swastika painted on Philadelphia wall adjacent to Holocaust memorial

    Authorities say the symbol, measuring about two feet by two feet and scrawled with green spray-paint, was reported Sunday on the wall adjacent to the Horowitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza next to the Ben Franklin Parkway a few blocks away from City Hall.

  • A Holocaust memorial in Philadelphia was defaced with a swastika image

    A public memorial in Philadelphia dedicated to educating visitors about the atrocities of the Holocaust was defaced early Sunday morning with an image of a large swastika, police and the memorial’s executive director told CNN.

  • The focus of my attention on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    The preoccupation with events on “the Continent”; the energy spent recreating a semblance of the Jewish life they had left behind; the effort to try and assimilate into British Jewry; the struggle to get rid of accents and the relief of falling back into German at home and with friends—all added up to that classic Jewish rootlessness and the feeling of being tossed about on the waves of history.

  • How ‘Kindertransport 2’ saved thousands of lives

    November 1938 is infamous in Jewish history. More familiarly known as Kristallnacht, or Night of Breaking Glass, it was tragically more than one night (November 9-11) and involved not just rampaging Nazi destruction of Jewish property in Germany and Austria but also the round-up and arrest of hundreds of Jews who were sent to concentration camps Sachsenhausen, Dachau and Buchenwald.

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Born of one of the darkest chapters in humanity, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, established by the United Nations in 2005, honours the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. It is a day of mourning, reflection, and learning, as well as commitment to acknowledging the perils of antisemitism, past and present.

  • Global study finds number of Holocaust survivors shrank by half since 2000

    The world has at most about 272,000 Holocaust survivors still alive, nearly all of whom were children when the genocide ended, according to the first major demographic study of its kind in over 20 years.

  • Oldest Holocaust survivor turns 112 amid rise in antisemitism

    A Polish Jew now living in New York, Girone is believed to be the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, one of a hardy group that — more than eight decades after the start of World War II — still numbers 245,000 people, according to a new demographic survey released Tuesday by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, better known as the Claims Conference.Nearly half the remaining survivors (49%) live in Israel, with 18% more in North America and another 18% in western Europe. Altogether, the survivors are spread across 90 counties with a median age of 86. Most are women.