October 12, 2014 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum’s Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration takes place at the Museum on Monday, November 9th at 6:30pm.
The program commemorating Kristallnacht, also called the Night of Broken Glass, features a ceremony led by Rabbi Danielle Upbin, and includes prayers and a candle-lighting with Holocaust Survivors.
Following the community Commemoration ceremony, Holocaust scholar Wendy Lower, Ph.D., will discuss her book Hitler’s Furies, which examines Nazism’s brutal and murderous feminine side.
Executive Director Elizabeth Gelman first heard Lower speak at the Association of Holocaust Organizations conference.
“A dynamic speaker, Lower’s presentation on the actions of women in the Nazi regime was gripping and truly chilling. More than a year later, I clearly remember her narrative about the tens of thousands of women who zealously carried out Nazi atrocities and embraced Hitler’s Final Solution,” Gelman said.
Wendy Lower’s research and teaching focus on the history of genocide, the Holocaust and human rights. Her most recent study Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (Houghton, 2013) was a finalist for the National Book Award, and National Jewish Book Award, and has been translated into 22 languages. She is also the author of Nazi Empire Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine (UNC Press, published in association with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2005), and edited The Diary of Samuel Golfard and the Holocaust in Galicia (Altamira, 2011).
Lower joined the faculty of Claremont McKenna College in 2012 and is currently the John K. Roth Professor of History and Director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights. Prior to that she taught at Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany (2007-2012) where she was a German Research Foundation grant recipient. She serves on the academic advisory boards of Yahad – In Unum (Paris) and of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington).
The FHM’s Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration is free and open to the public.
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.