Kristallnacht Commemoration Will Feature Screening of Documentary on November 11
The interior of this Berlin synagogue shows the aftermath of the Kristallnacht attacks in 1938. (Credit: Abraham Pisarek)
The fourth annual Philip J. Albert Memorial Kristallnacht Commemoration will feature a screening of the 1989 documentary More Than Broken Glass: Memories of Kristallnacht on Sunday, November 11, at 3 p.m. in the Gill Chapel on Rider’s Lawrenceville campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The 57-minute film, produced by Ergo Media, chronicles the “Night of Broken Glass,” or Kristallnacht – the evening of November 9, 1938, when Adolph Hitler’s Nazis publicly and outrageously announced to the world that they had declared open war on the Jewish people. Through a series of coordinated attacks in Germany and sections of Austria, Nazi supporters and civilians ransacked synagogues and Jewish-owned stores and buildings, leaving countless smashed glass windows in their wake.
Some 7,000 businesses and more than 1,000 houses of worship were destroyed or damaged in the attacks, which went unanswered by German authorities. Ninety-one Jews were killed, with an estimated 30,000 apprehended and shuttled off to concentration camps.
Through archival footage, photographs and interviews with witnesses, More Than Broken Glass: Memories of Kristallnacht forms a sharp portrait of the time and events.
The Kristallnacht Commemoration is presented by the Julius and Dorothy Koppelman Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center of Rider University. For more information, contact Carol Azoff of the Julius and Dorothy Koppelman Holocaust/Genocide Center at Rider University at 609-896-5345, or firstname.lastname@example.org.