Local events commemorating 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht

San Francisco

“Broken Glass, Shattered Communities” is a four-hour event that will be divided into three sessions. Two will be led by professors and historians, and the third will feature small-group discussions with at least a dozen people who witnessed Kristallnacht.

David Biale

Led by Lehrhaus Judaica, the event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., San Francisco. It is co-sponsored by the library, the S.F.-based Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Holocaust Center, JFCS of the East Bay, the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, the S.F.-based German Consulate General and the Goethe-Institut of San Francisco.

In addition, Lehrhaus Judaica is screening “50 Children: The Rescue Efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus” at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, also at the Jewish Community Library. The documentary is about an American Jewish couple who rescued Jewish children from Vienna in 1939, and the screening will be followed by a conversation with Steven Pressman, the filmmaker, and Paul Shapiro, director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Both events are free, but attendees need to register at www.lehrhaus.org. Call (510) 845-6420 for information.

Fred Rosenbaum

“Remembering Kristallnacht” is scheduled for 3:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at San Francisco’s Mercy High School, where the High School, where the Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Catholic Schools is located. The program is mainly for high school students. For more information, contact Morgan Blum at morganb@jfcs.org or (415) 449-1289.

Another event is slated for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St. “Never Forgotten, Never Repeated” will feature a survivor who lived through Kristallnacht as a child in Chemnitz, Germany.

A JFCS Holocaust Center event, it is supported by the Ingrid D. Tauber Philanthropic Fund of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, the Koret Foundation, and Eda and Joseph Pell.

The one-hour event is free, but an RSVP is requested to KatieC@jfcs.org. For information, call (415) 449-3717.


East Bay


The Jewish Federation of the East Bay is marking the Kristallnacht anniversary by co-sponsoring a lecture by author Jonathan Kirsch at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. See page 22 for more details.

Admission is $7; students are free. The event is part of the Under One Tent: Contra Costa Jewish Book and Arts Festival and is co-sponsored by Congregation B’nai Tikvah and the Tillie and Rene Molho Holocaust Remembrance Fund. For information, visit www.jfed.org/underonetent or call (510) 318-6453.


North Bay


The JCC of Sonoma County will host “Kristallnacht: Precursor to the Holocaust” from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Three survivors will share stories, with guest speaker Sergio La Porta, a specialist in genocide at CSU, Fresno. The JCC’s Yom HaShoah Committee is hosting the event, with 19 organizations as co-sponsors.

The program will place Kristallnacht in the context of a pattern of genocides throughout history. The event is free. Visit www.jccsoco.org or call (707) 528-4222.



“Kristallnacht: To Remember and Understand” is a multimedia presentation scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the KOH Library and Cultural Center, 2300 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento.

The free program is presented by the Central Valley Holocaust Educators’ Network and will include a representative from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Visit www.cvhen.com or call (916) 335-7217.