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Kristallnacht Commemoration at Teaneck High School

Teaneck—Teaneck High School’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center will host a Kristallnacht Commemoration to mark the 75th Anniversary of the “Night of Broken Glass” which took place on November 9 & 10 in 1938. The pogrom took place throughout Germany and within the occupied areas of Austria and Czechoslovakia. Instigated by Nazi officials but publicized as “outraged public reaction” to the murder of Ernst Vom Rath, a German Embassy official stationed in Paris, by a Jewish teenager, Herschel Grynszpan, the night resulted in the shattering of tens of thousands of Jewish homes, businesses and tombstones. It heralded the beginning of the end for European Jewry.

The program at Teaneck High School will feature Miriam Hilsenrath of Highland Park, great-grandmother and survivor of the horrific Auschwitz death camp. Accompanying her will be her daughter, Rochelle Goldschmiedt of Bergenfield, herself a grandmother, who described her recent tribute to her mother’s courage and fortitude by participating in the NYC Marathon and Triathalon. She will explain how her mother’s strength served as her inspiration and how her own children were inspired as well.

Goldie Minkowitz, Math instructor at THS, has arranged for selected Social Studies classes and the Israel Club to participate in the program. Interested community members should contact Goldie Minkowitz at gomink_aol.com or Pearl Markovitz at pearlmarkovitz_gmail.com.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 9:45 a.m.  at the Teaneck High School Student Center 3rd Floor.

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