HOUSTON, TX (Oct. 23, 2008) – Houston will mark the
70th anniversary of a November 1938 day in Nazi Germany that marked the
intensification of the Nazi’s anti-Jewish policies that culminated in
the Holocaust with special services scheduled for Nov. 9, 2008.
The community will remember Kristallnacht, or the "Night of
Broken Glass," during services at 6 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran
Church, 2353 Rice Blvd. The event is sponsored by Holocaust Museum
Houston, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Gulf Coast Synod),
Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston and the Bach Society at Christ
the King Lutheran Church.
Ben Waserman, a Holocaust survivor who now lives in Houston, will
speak, as will Bishop Michael Rinehart of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America; Rabbi David Lyon of Congregation Beth Israel; Rainer
Münzel, consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany; and Asher
Yarden, consul general of Israel.
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and
Salomon Jadassohn – all Leipzig composers – will be presented by the
Bach Choir and Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Albert LeDoux.
Seventy years ago, on Nov. 9-10, 1938, the Nazis staged vicious
pogroms – state sanctioned, anti-Jewish riots – against the Jewish
community of Germany. These came to be known as Kristallnacht
(now commonly translated as "Night of Broken Glass"), a reference to
the untold numbers of broken windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned
stores, community centers and homes plundered and destroyed during the
pogroms. Encouraged by the Nazi regime, the rioters burned or destroyed
267 synagogues, vandalized or looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, and
killed at least 91 Jewish people. They also damaged many Jewish
cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes as police and fire brigades
stood aside. Kristallnacht was a turning point in history and
marked an intensification of Nazi anti-Jewish policy that would
culminate in the Holocaust, the systematic, state-sponsored murder of
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the
Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims
and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust
and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred,
prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is
located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX
For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.