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Marking Kristallnacht at the MS With An Emphasis on Jewish Pride and Continuity
Posted 11/13/2017 12:28AM

On Thursday, November 9th, the 6th-8th grade commemorated Kristallnacht. Students learned of the incident that triggered the Night of Broken Glass. Upon hearing of his family's deportation from Germany back to Poland, Herschel Grynszpan assassinated a German diplomat, Ernst Vom Rath, in Paris. This was used as justification to plan atrocities against the Jewish people. The documentary students viewed included witness testimonies by individuals who were children on that fateful night. These individuals shared memories of Jewish businesses, synagogues, and homes being destroyed. Additionally, one survivor shared the memory of her father being arrested the next morning. Her father was one of 30,000 Jewish men arrested and sent to concentration camps during this time. During the MS program, students and teachers discussed how this dark day in history is largely viewed as the start of the Final Solution and the beginning of the Holocaust. As a conclusion, students agreed that there is no better answer to those atrocities than to learn Torah and celebrate Jewish life and continuity.

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