2020 Kristallnacht Commemorations

Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass,” was a wave of violent pogroms against Jews throughout Germany and Austria that took place on November 9–10, 1938. Kristallnacht marked a turning point from Hitler’s policy of forced emigration of Jews toward a systematic plan for their annihilation. (ADL website)
This page provides you with links to several virtual Kristallnacht Commemorations that will be taking place this year.

  • Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest’s  virtual program will take place on Monday, November 9th. They will have hear from author Arno Michaelis speak with our community about being a neo-Nazi, about how he moved past a life of hate, and about how it’s imperative to speak up against anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred when we know it’s happening.
  • The International March of the Living, The Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University, and the Jüdischen Gemeinde Frankfurt are pleased to present a specially produced media event: “Let There Be Light”. The program will air on the anniversary of Kristallnacht – The Night of Broken Glass, on November 9th at 7:00PM EST, on the Jewish Broadcasting Service (jbstv.org), Jerusalem Post website (jpost.com), and International March of the Living website (motl.org).
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will be hosting a events on November 9th, 10th and 14th to commemorate Kristallnacht. In addition, you can learn about the history of events before and after Kristallnacht by going to the Museum’s website.
  • The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance invite you to an extraordinary evening commemorating Kristallnacht The Night of Broken Glass. See the film “Resistance” November 5-10, 2020 courtesy of IFC Films. Registered participants will have exclusive online access to view the film. (Limited tickets available, first-come first-served) A link to view the film will be e-mailed to you before November 5th. Participants can then be part of a virtual commemoration: Clarion Call with Liebe Geft, MOT Director and join the Discussion with special guests from the film “Resistance” on Tuesday, November 10th (6:00PM  PST/9:00PM EST).
  • Saint Elizabeth University’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education is offering two programs. On Sunday, November 8th at 2:00PM, they will have their Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration. Janet Pfeffer Vignola, a second generation survivor, will speak about her parents’ history as survivors. The program “Genocide Prevention in the age of Extremism” will take place on Tuesday, November 10th at 11:30AM. This online discussion features Jacqueline Murekatete, an internationally recognized genocide survivor and human rights activist.