The “50 Children” arrive in New York.
Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, presents its annual Kristallnacht Commemoration on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at 9 a.m.All are welcome to attend.
This year’s program is in honor of “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Eleanor & Gilbert Kraus.”
In early 1939, few Americans were doing anything about the darkening storm clouds over Europe’s Jews. But one ordinary Jewish-American couple decided something had to be done. Despite overwhelming obstacles – both in Europe and the United States – Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus made a bold and unprecedented decision to travel to Nazi Germany and Austria in an effort to save 50 Jewish children from mortal danger.
The program features guest speakers:
Steven Pressman,producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary film “50 Children” and author of the recently published book by that title
Dr. Robert Braun one of the “50 children” rescued by Mr. & Mrs. Kraus
Ginger Kraus, granddaughter of Eleanor & Gilbert Kraus
And Senator Richard Blumenthal
Save the date to hear this inspiring story of bravery, selflessness and compassion.
Kristallnacht: “The Night Of Broken Glass” — A brief explanation for non-Jewish readers
On November 9, 1938, Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels announced a government-sanctioned reprisal against the Jews. Synagogues were ravaged and then burned. Jewish shop windows were broken. Jews were beaten, raped, arrested, and murdered. Throughout Germany and Austria, the pogrom rampaged.
Police and firefighters stood by as synagogues burned and Jews were beaten, only taking action to prevent the spread of fire to non-Jew owned property and to stop looters – upon SS officer Reinhard Heydrich’s order
The pogrom spanned the night of November 9 to 10. During this night 191 synagogues were set on fire.
The damage to shop windows was estimated at $4 million U.S. dollars. 91 Jews were murdered while 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to camps such as Dachau, Sachsenhausen, and Buchenwald.
— source: Jennifer Rosenberg on About Education (read more HERE)
Originally Published on: Oct 14, 2014 @ 10:21