Welcome to the 14th issue of Teaching the Legacy. This issue focuses on the Kristallnacht pogrom, as we commemorated its 70th anniversary year. Translated as the “Night of Broken Glass,” this night and the following day – November 9-10, 1938 – marked a watershed moment in the escalation of Nazi antisemitic policy, which eventually led to the Holocaust. Our newsletter features an article on teaching the subject and some of its lessons in the classroom, an interview with a Holocaust survivor who recalls the Kristallnacht pogrom period, and a ceremony that may be used with students to commemorate the event. Also included are our regular updates on activities at the International School, within Yad Vashem, and book reviews. We hope you find this issue interesting and resourceful, and we look forward to your feedback.
Duration: 25 minutes
The November 1938 pogrom (Kristallnacht) proved to be a precursor to the destruction of European Jewry during the Holocaust. In addition to adults, Jewish children lost their feeling of security and in many ways, lost their childhoods. This ceremony focuses on the stories of Jewish children in Germany during this difficult period, when their lives would be changed forever.