Kristallnacht, also referred to as the Night of Broken Glass, was a pogrom (a series of coordinated deadly attacks) against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and Austria on 9–10 November 1938, carried out by SA paramilitary forces and non-Jewish civilians. German authorities looked on without intervening. The name Kristallnacht comes from the shards of broken glass that littered the streets after Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues had their windows smashed.

In Nes Ammim we commemorate this every year. This year the commemoration was very emotional. Music from Schindler’s List, a Yiddish song, a testimony from one of our volunteers, a wonderful theatre play and several pictures filled the program. This time the volunteers tried to connect the Kristallnacht commemoration to anti-Semitism today. This worked out very well and the message for us today is clear. A lot of people were touched and realized that such a thing may never happen again. With a speech from the German ambassador and the song Eli Eli we closed the commemoration. Click the link below for a nice video/picture impression.

Kristallnacht-Commemoration Nes Ammim 2015

November 12, 2015

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