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Kristallnacht remains relevant 81 years later


( – This week Germany marks the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass.” The nationwide Nazi pogrom against that country’s Jewish community took place on Nov. 9-10, 1938, and is chiefly remembered for the destruction of so many Jewish-owned stores, buildings and synagogues—debris filling the streets with shards of glass from shattered windows and doors.

Kristallnacht is often described as the harbinger of...

Senate to vote on Kristallnacht memorial resolution condemning anti-Semitism

(JTA) — The U.S. Senate will vote on a resolution commemorating Kristallnacht that notes the synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh and Poway.

The resolution, which was introduced by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-CT., recalls the pogroms that erupted on Nov. 9-10, 1938, in Germany and Austria and marked the first wide-scale use of violence by the Nazis against Jews.

It proposes that the Senate recognize the Kristallnacht anniversary and pay tribute “to...

OP-ED: Kristallnacht, 80 years later

Everything old is new again, says the popular song and adage. The old threat of anti-Semitism, which we saw rise to a horrifying degree during the rule of the Nazis in Europe, had never extended to our country’s shores, especially in the modern era that followed World War II. That all became a historical aberration with the deaths of 11 synagogue attendees in Pittsburgh last month.  

Many of us who...

Dutch mark Kristallnacht as Europe, US confront a wave of right-wing populism


AMSTERDAM (JTA) — His name was never mentioned during the Netherlands’ main commemoration event for Kristallnacht, but Donald Trump was likely on everyone’s mind at the ceremony at the Dutch capital’s majestic Portuguese Synagogue.

It wasn’t for any imagined parallels between Trump’s election as U.S. president and the campaign of violence that the Nazis unleashed 78 years ago against German and Austrian Jews, which many historians see...

Details emerge about Jewish man whose killing of German triggered Kristallnacht

(JTA) — A photo found in Vienna suggests that Herschel Grynszpan, whose murder of a German diplomat in 1938 was used as a pretext to launch the Kristallnacht pogrom 78 years ago this week, may have survived World War II.

It was previously believed that Grynszpan, a Jew of Polish background who was 17 when he shot Ernst vom Rath in Paris on Nov. 7, 1938, had either been executed...

Norwegian academic boycotts Kristallnacht memorial over Israel

(JTA) — A Norwegian university distanced itself from a professor who said he opposed commemorating Nazi-era pogroms because it serves Israeli propaganda.

The views expressed last week by Trond Andresen, an assistant professor in the department of engineering cybernetics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, are “far from what we stand for as a university,” Jan Erik Kaaro, a university spokesperson, told JTA on Tuesday.


Pope rails against intolerance in response to Kristallnacht ceremony’s disturbance

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Pope Francis, reacting to the disruption of a recent interfaith Kristallnacht memorial, told Latin American religious leaders visiting the Vatican that “aggression cannot be an act of faith.”

“Preaching intolerance is a form of militancy that must be overcome,” Francis told the delegation on Tuesday.

The pope made his remarks a week after fundamentalist Christians disrupted a Jewish-Christian ceremony at a Buenos Aires cathedral marking...

Fundamentalists disrupt interfaith Kristallnacht remembrance in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Fundamentalist Christians disrupted a Jewish-Christian ceremony commemorating Kristallnacht at a Buenos Aires cathedral.

When the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Mario Poli, tried to start the ceremony’s liturgy of commemoration at the Metropolitan Cathedral on Tuesday, the fundamentalists prayed loudly and distributed brochures against “the presence of fake gods at our main Cathedral.” After a standoff that lasted several minutes, police officials arrived at the cathedral.


OP-ED: Turning to poetry, 75 years after Kristallnacht


Let us remember … that in the end we go to poetry for one reason, so that we might more fully inhabit our lives and the world in which we live them, and that if we more fully inhabit these things, we might be less apt to destroy both. — Christian Wiman

NEW YORK (JTA) — It was evening and it was morning, Nov. 9 and 10,...

Israel’s chief rabbi at Berlin Jewish kindergarten remembers Kristallnacht

BERLIN (JTA) — Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht with a visit to a Jewish kindergarten in Berlin.

“Connecting Jews in Germany to their roots is the worthiest retort to the darkness that prevailed here 75 years ago,” Rabbi David Lau said during his first official visit to Berlin, where he went to  the Chabad-run Judische Traditionsschule Talmud-Thora kindergarten.

Dozens of Jews were killed in rioting...