On Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1938, a wildfire of hatred and destruction swept over Germany and parts of Austria. In one night, 91 Jews were killed, and 30,000 were arrested and taken to concentration camps. A thousand synagogues were burned, while 7,000 businesses were damaged or worse. Jewish homes, schools, even hospitals were looted and demolished. The Holocaust had begun.
The shards of thousands of shattered windows scattered in the streets gave this night its name: "Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass."
On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, in cooperation with the Jewish United Fund, will hold a commemoration for the 75th anniversary of that devastating night. Called "Kristallnacht 75," this solemn yet inspiring program will mark one of the saddest chapters in the history of mankind.
The free event, chaired by Al Gruen, is open to the public and will feature remarks from area dignitaries and religious, academic, and community leaders on the implications of Kristallnacht. Two world-renowned cantors, Alberto Mizrahi and Benjamin Warschawski, will perform, accompanied by a choir.
The event will be broadcast live via Internet and is expected to be shown on television city-wide at a later date.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Beth Hillel Congregation B'nai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane in Wilmette. The event is funded by Fern & Manny Steinfeld Campaign Event Fund and the Marion & Al Gruen Philanthropic Fund.
Reservations are required. Additional information, reservations, and updates about the event are available at Kristallnacht75.org or at November9.org.
Kristallnacht 75: A night to remember the Night
Saturday, November 9 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm
We mark the 75th anniversary of the November Pogrom with remarks from area dignitaries and religious, academic and community leaders. Two world-renowned cantors-Albert Mizrahi and Benjamin Warschawski-will perform with a choir to add beautiful, moving harmonies to this program.