Thursday, November 5, 2009

Rabbi Israel Meir Lau to Speak at Special Event Marking 71 Years Since Kristallnacht

Join us on Monday, November 9, for a special event marking 71 years since the Kristallnacht pogrom. There will be a special evening service (Ma'ariv) at 5:15 p.m. in the Yad Vashem Synagogue, followed at 5:30 p.m. by an address by Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council. The event will be in Hebrew. The Yad Vashem Synagogue contains Judaica from destroyed synagogues of Europe. The event is open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP: 02-6443769

About Kristallnacht
On November 9, 1938, the Nazis unleashed a series of riots against the Jews in Germany and Austria. In the space of a few hours, thousands of synagogues and Jewish businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed. For the first time, tens of thousands of Jews were sent to concentration camps simply because they were Jewish. The event came to be called Kristallnacht (“Night of the Broken Glass”) for the shattered windowpanes that covered German streets.

Also marking Kristallnacht, a unique online exhibition, It Came From Within offers information about this pivotal event and includes video testimonies of survivors, archival photographs and Pages of Testimony, all offering first-hand information and insights into the destruction and suffering inflicted on the Jews of Germany and Austria 71 years ago.

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