Commemoration Service and Candle-lighting with Holocaust Survivors
|October 3, 2019 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum’s (The FHM) Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration will take place at the Museum on Sunday, November 10th at 2:00 p.m. The program will remember the 81st Anniversary of Kristallnacht, “the Night of Broken Glass,” with a commemoration service, including prayers and candle-lighting with Holocaust Survivors. |
Immediately following the commemoration service, Julie Kohner, a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor, will speak. Julie’s program Voices of the Generations teaches the devastation of the Holocaust through its impact on one family.
In 1953, Julie’s mother, Hanna Bloch Kohner, a Holocaust Survivor, appeared on This is Your Life a popular television show of the time. Her story was one of the first stories of Holocaust survival ever heard by Americans.
After Julie’s mother passed away in 1990, she began to create educational programs to honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Her goal was to teach the Holocaust as seen through her mother’s eyes. This was the beginning of Voices of the Generations, a unique and personal approach to Holocaust education.
Julie has also traveled extensively throughout Europe to many of the places her parents described in their book, Hanna and Walter, A Love Story, and has conducted interviews with survivors whose experiences paralleled her mother’s story of survival. As a result, Julie has become the voice of her parents, and of the survivors who shared her parents’ story, for future generations.
Additionally, this year’s commemoration at The FHM on November 10th will include free Museum admission from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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 FHM’s Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration is free and open to the public. To reserve your seat, please call 727.820.0100, extension 301.
The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
This program is part of The FHM’s 2019 Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Movement (GHRAM) series. Thank you to Wells Fargo for sponsoring The FHM’s 2019 Genocide and Human Rights Awareness (GHRAM) series.
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered or 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.