ALBANY – To note Kristallnacht, which happened Nov. 9-10, 1938, this year, for the 30th time, the Interfaith Confronting Bigotry Commemoration of the Capital Region will be held in hopes of uniting the community against prejudice. The free program will be held at Page Hall on the University at Albany’s downtown campus, 135 Western Ave., Albany, on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.
Kristallnacht, regarded by many as the night the Holocaust began, was 84 years ago, Nov. 9-10, 1938. That night the Nazis staged vicious attacks or pogroms against Jews in Germany and Austria in riots that came to be known as Kristallnacht or “Night of Broken Glass.” Hundreds of synagogues and businesses were destroyed, and 30,000 Jewish men and boys were arrested and sent to concentration camps.
The program will feature the area premiere of “The Rescuers” a documentary, which explores what made non-Jewish diplomats help save thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. The commemoration will also feature presentations by several Holocaust survivors and members of the community, representing many of the faith groups of the region.
“The Rescuers” features Holocaust historian Sir Martin Gilbert and Rwandan anti-genocide activist Stephanie Nyombayire, with Emmy winning director Michael King as they travel to 15 countries and three continents to explore the “mystery of goodness”—that characteristic in people who make morally correct decisions when facing genocide, despite the risk to themselves and their families, according to organizers of the commemoration.
The program is sponsored by Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center, Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, and the Judaic studies program of the University at Albany.