Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Monday, October 28, 2013


Friends of the Albany Public Library will mark the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht with a talk by Rabbi Scott Shpeen of Congregation Beth Emeth at 12:15 p.m., Monday, November 4, at 161 Washington Avenue.

Kristallnacht, night of the broken glass, was named after the shards of glass from the smashed windows of Jewish businesses, synagogues, and buildings in Germany and Austria on November 9 and 10, 1938. The pogrom was carried out by paramilitary Nazi storm troopers and non-Jewish civilians while German authorities stood by without intervening.

At least 90 Jews were killed, and 30,000 were incarcerated in concentration camps. More than 1,000 synagogues were burned and 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed.

The title of Rabbi Shpeen’s talk is "The 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: When the Holocaust Began."

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