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Marking Kristallnacht anniversary, Obama calls for speaking out against intolerance

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The lesson of Kristallnacht is to speak out “against anti-Semitism and intolerance,” President Obama said in marking the 75th anniversary of the pogrom that presaged the Holocaust.

“Kristallnacht foreshadowed the systematic slaughter of six million Jews and millions of other innocent victims,” Obama said in a statement.

“Seventy-five years later, Kristallnacht now signifies the tragic consequences of silence in the face of unmitigated hatred,” he said. “As...

Pope recalls ‘Crystal Night’ of ‘our older big brothers’

ROME (JTA) – Calling Jews “our older big brothers,” Pope Francis marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht by renewing what he termed his “closeness and solidarity with the Jewish people.”

Francis spoke about the anniversary following his Sunday address to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square.

“Today is the 75th anniversary of the so-called ‘Crystal Night,’ ” he said.  The violence on the night between Nov. 9-10 1938 against Jews,...

WLAE set to air Kristallnacht documentary tonight

“Refuge,” an award-winning documentary, explores the lives of six survivors and refugees against the context of the Nazi cataclysm and how a small group of them came together, creating a community that has given shelter to more than 1,000 victims of Nazi persecution from Central Europe.

Locally, the documentary film will air locally on WLAE-TV, Channel 32, tonight, November 10, at 9:00 p.m.

The one‐hour film began airing over public...

Kristallnacht, a diabolical date

This weekend we commemorate the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, translated as “Crystal Night” or “The Night of Broken Glass.” While many egregious acts against Jews by the Nazis were recorded before November 9 and 10, 1938, Kristallnacht was different for many reasons. Prior to Kristallnacht, the Nazis had used their political power to legislate acts such as the Nuremberg Laws that restricted the activities and limited the financial status and...

Austria honoring Vienna native Theodore Bikel at Kristallnacht commemoration

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Theodore Bikel, who fled the Nazi occupation of his native Vienna for prestate Israel, will be honored by the Austrian government on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

On Thursday, Bikel, 89, will accept the country’s highest honor in the arts before giving an hourlong concert of mainly Yiddish songs interspersed with a few numbers in English and German.

High-ranking Austrian government and cultural leaders are scheduled...

German spa withdraws ad, apologizes for ‘romantic Kristall-Nacht’

BERLIN (JTA) — A German hotel apologized for running an ad for a “long, romantic Kristall-Nacht” to be held on the 75th anniversary of the Nazi pogrom against Jews and their institutions.

The Kristall Sauna Wellnesspark in Bad Klosterlausnitz, in the former eastern German state of Thuringen, pulled the ad for the Nov. 9 event and issued an apology via Facebook, according to the Cologne-based online newspaper

Critics had...

The French Jews who anticipated the Nazi onslaught


(JTA) — His hearing isn’t what it used to be, but Georges Loinger still remembers Adolf Hitler’s voice emanating from the radio at his Strasbourg home.

Growing up in the heavily Germanic Alsace region of eastern France, Loinger and his family tuned in regularly to broadcasts of Hitler’s speeches. They heard his “electrifying voice” and the plans he had in store for the Jews of Europe.