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Kristallnacht Commemoration at 12 Noon on Nov. 7 at VST

On Thursday, November 7 at 12 noon in the Chapel of the Epiphany (6030 Chancellor Blvd. on the UBC Campus) Vancouver School of Theology and its Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre will commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Kristallnacht, “Night of Broken Glass.” During the night of November 9-10, 1938, hundreds of synagogues, Jewish schools, cemeteries, and workplaces were attacked in organized “riots” throughout Germany and Austria. 267 synagogues, many of which had stood for centuries, were destroyed by fire. Firefighters had been ordered by government officials to let them burn. 30,000 Jews were rounded up in the days that followed, and the German Jewish community was fined for the damage done by organized thugs who smashed the windows in well over seven thousand storefronts.

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In remembrance of this event, a one hour commemoration will be held in VST’s Chapel of the Epiphany. The program will commence with a memorial candle being kindled by a member of the Jewish community. The commemoration will feature an address delivered by a survivor of the Holocaust, who was hidden as a child in Holland: Marion Cassirer. Following her remarks, children’s musical composer and cantorial soloist Paula Rosen will sing. VST is particularly grateful to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre for arranging the visit by Marion Cassirer. For more information please contact or