October 5, 2017 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum’s (The FHM) Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration takes place at the Museum on Thursday, November 9th at 6:30 p.m. The program will remember the 79th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, “the Night of Broken Glass,” with a commemoration service, including prayers and candle-lighting with Holocaust Survivors. The FHM’s Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration is free and open to the public.
After the service, the Museum will present The Music of Resistance and Survival, a Kristallnacht remembrance concert which combines music and educational presentations to engage audiences in meaningful Holocaust remembrance. The concert, a project conceived by Dr. Laurence Sherr, features Holocaust songs of resistance and survival from the ghettos, camps, and partisans, followed by a new cello sonata inspired by and integrating these songs. Dr. Sherr’s commentary tells the stories of the Jewish creators of the songs, and, along with the songs and sonata, speaks to the courage, fortitude, and resilience of Jews during the Holocaust.
“We remember Kristallnacht because it was the first act of widespread violence against the Jews by the Nazis and was a prelude to the murder of six million innocent people,” said Erin Blankenship, The FHM’s Curator of Exhibitions and Collections.
Kristallnacht owes its name to the shards of shattered glass that lined German streets from broken windows on November 9-10 in 1938. Throughout the night, thousands of Jewish-owned businesses, homes, and synagogues were ransacked and destroyed in a coordinated series of attacks throughout Germany. This was the first widespread use of massive force against Jews by the Nazi regime and figures as an essential turning point in Nazi Germany’s persecution of Jews.
The Music of Resistance and Survival major project sponsorship by SNCF America, Inc.
The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
2017 marks a monumental milestone for The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) as the Museum celebrates its 25th Anniversary. One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The FHM honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered of died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit www.TheFHM.org.
Photos and credits
Flames burst forth from the windows of the cupola of the Annaturmstraße synagogue on
the morning after Kristallnacht. Euskirchen, Germany. November 10, 1938.
Photo credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Stadtarchiv Euskirchen
The Music of Resistance and Survival performing during a Yom HaShoah Memorial Concert, Auckland, New Zealand, May 4, 2016.