Montclair State Marks 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

Details from two print illustrations by Andrea Songwater from “Lost Synagogues of Europe."

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), Montclair State University is hosting film screenings, discussions with authors and Holocaust survivors and an ongoing art exhibit that includes illustrations of German and Austrian synagogues destroyed during Kristallnacht.

Kristallnacht began on the night of November 9, 1938, when Nazi soldiers and citizens attacked Jewish people, homes and businesses throughout Nazi Germany and Austria – signaling the start of the Holocaust.

Earlier this month, Montclair State hosted a lecture by Dr. Steven Gimbel of Gettysburg College and author of Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection Politics and Religion, a screening and discussion of the film Europa Europa and an opening reception for the Lost Synagogues of Europe exhibition of print illustrations by Andrea Songwater at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield, N.J. Visitors can view the illustrations in the Life Hall exhibition space through December 22.

Upcoming events include a discussion with Ursula Pawel, author and Holocaust survivor, who spent three years in labor and concentration camps and rode 500 miles on a bicycle to locate her mother after liberation and a film screening of God Does Not Believe in Us Anymore, the story of a young Jew leaves Vienna after Kristallnacht and ends up in Marseille.

For more upcoming events and information, see Kristallnacht Commemorative Program.

All events are free and open to the public.