Kristallnacht and Pittsburgh Synagogue Murders Commemorated at City Tech Thursday

This coming Thursday, November 7, starting at noon, City Tech’s Jewish Faculty and Staff Association will host at the College’s Atrium Amphitheater, at 300 Jay Street, “From Kristallnacht to Pittsburgh and Beyond.”

On the night of November 9-10, 1938 rampaging mobs throughout Germany and the newly acquired territories of Austria and Sudetenland freely attacked Jews in the street, in their homes and at their places of work and worship. At least 96 Jews were killed and hundreds more injured, more than 1,000 synagogues were burned [see photo], almost 7,500 Jewish businesses were destroyed, cemeteries and schools were vandalized and 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps.

We are also just past the first anniversary of the slayings of congregants at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, which showed that murderous anti-semitism is unfortunately alive in our own time and country.

Admission is free, and all are welcome. There’s more information here about the program and the speakers.

Photo: ruined synagogue in Munich after Kristallnacht; לא ידוע / Unknown [CC BY 3.0 (]

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