This year, 9 November marks 82 years since the beginning of the November Pogrom.
Over the course of two days in 1938, hundreds of synagogues were burned, Jewish homes and businesses ransacked, and up to 30 000 Jewish men arrested and sent to concentration camps in a series of pogroms against the Jewish populations of Germany and its annexed territories. Those crimes were not only committed by the Nazi leadership, but also by ordinary citizens – by neighbors, colleagues, and friends.
Because of the current pandemic, many institutions are not hosting physical commemorations this year. However, there are still a number of ways to come together meaningfully in order to remember these horrific events, and pay tribute to the victims. Here are a few of the events and campaigns taking place around the world for you to take part in:
Keep A Light On
The AJR will be livestreaming a virtual service officiated by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg from the Belsize Square Synagogue, which was founded by Jewish refugees from Central Europe. This event takes place at 14:00 GMT on Monday 9 November, and guests are asked to register beforehand.
Guest speakers will be AJR member Professor Robert Shaw, who fled Vienna on a Kindertransport, Austrian Ambassador Michael Zimmermann and Hannah Lessing, General Secretary of the Austrian National Fund and co-head of the Austrian delegation to the IHRA.
The AJR is also launching their #KeepALightOn campaign, where synagogues and households are kept illuminated on the night of 9 November, in commemoration of the wave of antisemitic violence that took place across Germany and Austria on that night in 1938.
Exhibition launch: Seven Places in Germany
This online exhibition, opening on Monday 9 November at 11:00 CET, focusses on seven synagogues in Germany. Using historical photographs, art from the synagogues, and documents and testimonies, it examines the history and commemoration of the November Pogrom today. The exhibition is built around a timeline that illustrates the diversity, differences and similarities of experiences at each place.
The exhibition will be opened by United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming and Heiko Maas, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany.
Stream here: www.7Places.org
Genocide Prevention: a Collective Responsibility
An event titled "82 Years Since the November Pogroms – Genocide Prevention: a Collective Responsibility" will be streamed live on the B’nai Brith International Facebook page at 17:30 CET. The event will feature remarks by IHRA Honorary Chairman Yehuda Bauer, as well as a discussion between Dr. James Waller of the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities and Olivia Marks-Woldman of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, who is also a member of the UK delegation to the IHRA.
Let There Be Light
The International March of the Living will mark the November Pogrom, also known as Kristallnacht, with a message of unity and hope in their "Let There be Light" campaign. People from all over the world are encouraged to add their voice to the campaign by writing personal messages of hope at the campaign website, as well as pledging to leave their lights on during the night of 9 November.
Individuals of all religions and backgrounds are invited to write personal messages of hope in their own words at the campaign website.
Pledge or leave a message here: www.motl.org/let-there-be-light