Community to commemorate Kristallnacht’s 80th anniversary on Nov. 8

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, Temple Concord, Temple Israel, Beth David Synagogue and the Jewish Community Center will join together to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, on Thursday, November 8, at 7 pm, at Temple Israel, 4737 Deerfield Pl., Vestal. The program will include a commemorative ceremony, a showing of the film “The Night of Broken Glass,” and a discussion of the film and the legacy of this event in Jewish history. The program is open to the entire community. 
“The Night of Broken Glass” shows how, after seizing power, the Nazis began their crusade against Jews with discriminatory laws and the looting of property. This turned into violence during the night that has since been called Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. From November 9-10, 1938, German soldiers and civilians set on fire 400 synagogues, in addition to destroying 7,000 Jewish stores and businesses. More than 90 people were killed, 600 committed suicide and more than 26,000 men were deported to concentration camps. Using rare footage, photographs and documents, “The Night of Broken Glass” reveals the background of this event of antisemitic violence.
“Join us for this very important commemoration,” said organizers of the event. “It was decided a communitywide commemoration for the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht was important to mark the significance of Kristallnacht not only for the Jews in Germany in 1938, but for world Jewry then and now. However, this commemoration is important for the entire local community, not just the Jewish community. The call after the Holocaust was to ‘never forget.’ On this 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, we gather to remember our past and work together for a better future.”