Nov 9, 2009

Commemorating Kristallnacht

Today marks the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. On the night of November 9, 1938, pogroms (organized anti-Jewish riots) destroyed Jewish property including synagogues, cemetaries, storefronts, and businesses. Jewish people were assaulted, arrested, and killed by raging crowds, while police stood by waiting for orders from Nazi officials. This horrific night marked the beginning of the Holocaust.

Though this is a difficult subject for children to understand, there are many resources available to teachers and parents looking to start discussions with older children. It's imperative that everyone, young and old, know about this dark time in history and work together to educate others so that we never forget.

Selected Holocaust books from Kar-Ben:
An Unbroken Chain (soon to be a movie)

Other links:
AJL's Podcast "Not Just the Facts: Illustrated Non-Fiction for Youth" (fast-forward to 34:30 to hear Chris Nicola speak about Priest's Grotto)

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