Each year the Holocaust Center sponsors a community program in remembrance of Kristallnacht (“Night of Broken Glass”), a series of attacks against Jews in Germany and Austria. On November 9–10, 1938 thousands of Jewish homes, shops, schools and synagogues were ransacked and destroyed, leaving the streets covered in pieces of smashed windows—the origin of the name “Night of Broken Glass.” That terrifying night marks the moment that should have erased any doubt about Hitler’s intentions. Jewish lives were in jeopardy, and clearly there would be further tragedy. Yet the world stood by in silence.
The year 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Because of the significance of this anniversary, we are presenting a series of special events and partnering with a number of local organizations to present programs of remembrance throughout Central Florida. A complete list of programs is listed online at www.Kristallnacht2013.org. A downloadable brochure is available here.
Please visit the Holocaust Center to view our newest exhibit, In Remembrance: 75 Years After Kristallnacht. Eighteen artists, many of them local, have been invited to share their interpretation of that theme. Their juried art, accompanied by panels that trace the history of the rise of the Nazis and the lessons learned, help us remember why Never Again is a promise that must be kept.
The exhibit will be open to the public until December 20. No admission is charged. Many of the works are for sale; a catalogue is available here.
All events held at the Holocaust Center are open to the public and free of charge.
Religion 201 Topic: How Can a God of Love and a World of Suffering Coexist?
Local Holocaust Survivors will present their first‐person accounts of Kristallnacht as part of a panel moderated by Professor Richard Gair of Valencia College
Screening of the documentary film BESA: The Promise at the Enzian Theater. This film shares the never-before-told story of the Muslims of Nazi-occupied Albania who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II. Click here to purchase tickets. This event is sponsored by the Islamic Society of Central Florida and Rizwan Zaman on behalf of the Holocaust Center.
Religion 201 Topic: How Much Has Your Religion Made the World Better?
The Holocaust Center provides monthly forums for educators and community members interested in learning more about the many facets of the Holocaust. These events are free and open to the community; educators may earn inservice credit for attending. A full schedule and additional details are available on the Forums page.
*America’s Response to the Holocaust presented by Ian Gold
For many Americans, “the war” began with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and had little to do with the massacre of Jews in Europe. Yet folklore allows us to believe that America acted quickly and decisively to defeat the Nazis and liberate their captives. What was America’s real role in helping or delaying justice for Holocaust victims? In retrospect, what were the decisions that made, or would have made, a difference in the outcomes?
*Memories from Kristallnacht: Last Glimpses of a Dying World presented by Mitch Bloomer
In spite of significant publicity about Kristallnacht, there was very little intervention — clearing the way for more assaults, more deaths, and more destruction of the Jewish people, communities and culture. What was that world like at that moment? How and what should we remember most about that time?
*Each of these presentations will be audio taped by the Orange County Library System for the Orlando Memory Project – a community-based digital archive designed to capture and preserve the stories, images and memories of our Orlando community.
In 2012 the Center created a drama, Witness, that tells the story of Kristallnacht through the words of the victims, perpetrators and bystanders who were there on that fateful night. In partnership with the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, it is being shared with schools, youth groups, community theaters and others interested in producing it for their own audience. It is a readers’ theater that requires no costumes, memorization or special staging, and is suited for groups of all sizes and levels of talent. It is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation of historic photographs that draw the audience into the enormity of that night. Any group wishing to participate can contact Jim Coffin at the Interfaith Council or call the Holocaust Center at (407) 628-0555. Our goal is to have 75 performances of Witness in honor of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
Upcoming Witness performances:
Tuesday, October 22, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM UCF Career Services Conference Room 121: Public welcome, presented by UCF Theater Department in partnership with UCF Office of Diversity Initiatives
Monday, October 28 7:00 PM at First Unitarian Church, 1901 East Robinson St, Orlando Phone 407-898-3621 for more information.
Monday November 4, 7:30 PM Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 1375 Woodbury Rd, Orlando Public invited!
Wednesday November 13, 7:00 PM at St Mary Magdalen Church, 861 Maitland Avenue in Altamonte Springs. All are welcome!
There are several opportunities to sponsor the Holocaust Center’s community events commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. If you’d like to support this effort please email Pam Kancher or call (407) 628-0555 ext 316.
The Holocaust Center is honored to partner with a remarkable group of arts and cultural organizations in our community to commemorate Kristallnacht. Please consider attending the special events presented by our partners, including the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation, the Winter Park Institute and Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, the Enzian Theater, the Global Peace Film Festival, Orange County Library System and the Maitland Public Library. We are grateful for promotional support from the City of Maitland, the City of Orlando, the City of Winter Park, and the Friends Talking Faith Show with the Three Wise Guys.
December 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM
FORUM Using art, music and drama as part of Holocaust education
December 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Religion 201: How Did We All Get Here, Anyway? with Judaism, Hinduism, & Atheism
April 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Mark Your Calendar Plan to join us as we honor Harris Rosen at our annual Dinner
Monday - Thursday 9 AM - 4 PM
Friday 9 AM - 1 PM
Sunday 1 PM - 4 PM
No admission is charged for visiting the Center or for attending commemorative programs and films. Scheduled school group may limit access to some parts of the museum.
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