KRISTALLNACHT – A Commemoration

Come, stand in community and say no to hatred and bigotry and racism, as we commemorate Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass, together.

Join us for an evening of music, dance, prayer and creative ritual that memorializes two nights in 1938 when the Nazis went on a rampage and broke the windows in synagogues and Jewish homes and businesses and unleashed the horror that was the Holocaust.

Followed by a light community dinner. FREE event; all are welcome.

Part of Charter Oak’s Celebration of Jewish Arts & Culture.

GUEST SPEAKER: RUTH WEINER

Ruth Weiner was born in 1931 in Vienna, Austria. She was the only child in a large, urbane family who sorrounded her with love and attention.  She had a happy childhood, rich in all that a beautiful, cultured city had to offer.  All of this changed dramatically the moment the Nazis entered Vienna, dominating all aspects of life and making Jewishness not only unbearable but very dangerous. Expelled as a Jew from her public school she traveled over an hour to get to the only Jewish school. She and her family experienced the various horrors inflicted by the Nazis – imprisonment, Kristallnacht and more –  that marked the beginning of the Holocaust.  It became clear that the family would have to flee Austria in order to survive. She was fortunate to be able to escape to England through the Kindertransport. And even more fortunate, after experiencing the beginning of the bombings of Britain, to be reunited with her parents and to come to the U.S. as a refugee. Today she is a grateful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who lives in Bloomfield.  She enjoyed a rewarding professional life as a teacher, principal and consultant, and has always made  it her task to share the lessons of the Holocaust, trying to explain the unexplainable.

 

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