Hillel JUC to host Kristallnacht program
Alex Orbach, professor emeritus of Jewish studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and Clark Muenzer, associate professor of German studies, also at Pitt, will give opening remarks at The Hillel Jewish University Center in commemoration of the 74th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
There also will be a performance by the Carnegie Mellon University Klezmer Band and poetry readings by Pitt students.
Kristallnacht, or the night of broken glass, was a series of pogroms perpetrated by German paramilitary forces and civilians in Germany and Austria on Nov. 9-10, 1938. 91 Jews were killed during the coordinated attacks and tens of thousands were arrested. Thousands of synagogues and Jewish-owned stores and homes were burned and destroyed. Kristallnacht is considered by some to be the beginning of the Nazis’ “Final Solution” to the “Jewish problem.”
This program is co-sponsored by The Hillel JUC, the Jewish Studies Department at Pitt, and the German Studies Department.