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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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