Join Montreal Holocaust survivors as they commemorate  Kristallnacht, the pogrom organized by the Nazis on November 9 and 10, 1938. It marked the intensification of a regime of terror against the Jews of the Third Reich, which was met with indifference of the international community. This event is organized in partnership with the Segal Centre for Performing Arts and the Cummings Centre.

  • Kristallnacht commemoration 2021
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 7 p.m.
  • Premiere on our Facebook and Youtube pages

Commemoration program

The event will include commemorative songs and prayers followed by dramatic readings from the book The Night of Broken Glass: Eyewitness Accounts of Kristallnacht. The readings will be performed by Stan Unger, Maia Cooper, Kenny Stein, and Fishel Goldig from the The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, Lisa Rubin, Artistic & Executive Director of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, and Joey Elias, actor and son of the late co-chair of the Kristallnacht committee, Hanna Eliashiv.

The Night of Broken Glass: Eyewitness accounts of Kristallnacht

In 1939, three Harvard professors, Edward Hartshorne, Gordon Allport and Sydney Fay, organised a competition to collect memoirs of life in Germany before and after 1933. Among the 250 essays contributed by individuals who fled Nazi Germany, were several eyewitness accounts of Kristallnacht. These testimonies were edited by Thomas Karlauf and Uta Gerhardt and published in German in 2009 and in English in 2012. Each unique story paints a painful image of early persecutions against Jews during the Holocaust.

Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass)

The Night of Broken Glass is the name given to the violent attacks (pogrom) against the businesses, places of worship and homes of the Jews throughout Germany and in the annexed countries (Austria and Sudetenland) on November 9 and 10, 1938. This violence was implemented by the Nazi leaders. The sound of broken glass heard during this attack explains the name given to the event.

Learn more about this pogrom and the Holocaust.

The Impact of Kristallnacht

“The events of Kristallnacht represented one of the most important turning points in National Socialist antisemitic policy. Historians have noted that after the pogrom, anti-Jewish policy was concentrated more and more concretely into the hands of the SS. Moreover, the passivity with which most German civilians responded to the violence signaled to the Nazi regime that the German public was prepared for more radical measures.” (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

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