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Kristallnacht Commemorations in Connecticut

kristallnacht1Wednesday evening, Nov. 9, marks the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht – often translated from the German as “Night of Broken Glass” – the wave of anti-Jewish violence that swept through Germany, annexed Austria, and German-occupied Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938. Historians generally agree that the pogroms, marked by 91 deaths; the destruction of hundreds of Jewish homes, synagogues, and businesses; and the arrest and deportation of some 30,000 Jewish males, was the first salvo of the Holocaust.

Following is a list of Connecticut commemorations announced so far. Entrance to all commemorations is free of charge and open to the public.

 

SUNDAY, NOV. 6

Stamford – Remember, starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau, followed by Q&A with screenwriter Benjamin August; preceded by short film, Two Landscapes and Q&A with director Neil Needleman; Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County; 7 p.m., The State Cinema, 990 Hope St.; jewishartsandfilm.org, jhsfc-ct.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9

Bridgeport – Community Kristallnacht Commemoration Honoring the Holocaust Survivor Residents of Jewish Senior Services; hosted by Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County; 6:45 p.m.; Bennett Hall, Weinberg Campus of Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Ave.; (203) 226-8197, jwainright@jewishphilanthropyct.org.

Fairfield – Kristallnacht Commemoration: “Remembering the Holocaust and Its Lessons for the Twenty-First Century;” 2 p.m., Sacred Heart University Commons, 5151 Park Ave.; (203) 371-7904, nevillea@sacredheart.edu

Greenwich – Kristallnacht Commemoration; 7:30 p.m., Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave.; alice.schoen@templesholom.com, (203) 542-7165. Reservations required.

Storrs – “International Comparisons of Anti-Semitism on Campus: Why are Women More Likely to be Targeted,” a program in remembrance of Kristallnacht, with Professor Ariela Keysar of Trinity College; 5 p.m., reception to follow; UConn, Babbidge Library.

Storrs – Screening of “The Rescuers,” a 2011 award-winning documentary that traces the 15-country journey of a Rwandan anti-genocide activist and Holocaust historian Sir Martin Gilbert as they interview survivors and descendants of the diplomats who rescued Jews from the camps, in search of solutions for the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere; Q&A with executive producer Joyce Mandell; co-sponsored by UConn Hillel, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, and the UNESCO Chair and Institute of Comparative Human Rights; 7 p.m.; at UConn Dodd Research Center, 405 Babbidge Rd. uconnhillel.org/therescuersrsvp. FREE, reservations recommended.

West Hartford – University of Hartford Kristallnacht Observance and opening of “Hartford Remembers the Holocaust”; see article p. 5 for details.

 

FRIDAY, NOV. 11

Newington – Kristallnacht talk by Rabbi Donna Berman, executive director of the Charter Oak Cultural Center, 6 p.m. (during Friday night services), Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Rd., (860) 561-1055.

 

TUESDAY, NOV. 29

Fairfield – Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Lecture in Judaic Studies: “Popular Anger or Planned Pogrom? What Really Happened During Kristallnacht 78 Years Ago” with Dr. Michael A. Meyer, Adolph S. Ochs Professor Emeritus, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; hosted by the Bennett Center of Judaic Studies of Fairfield University; 7:30 p.m., in the University’s Dolan School of Business Dining Room,1073 North Benson Road; info: Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, bennettcenter@fairfield.edu and (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

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