Kristallnacht Commemorative Program

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) and the Nazi orchestrated programs targeting German Jewry.  Please join us for a series of events representing a variety of  humanities disciplines including history, culture, religion, philosophy, and art as we remember what happened in November 1938. 

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Schedule of Events – Fall 2013

October 28, 2013 through December 22, 2013 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lost Synagogues of Europe:  an Exhibition of Print Illustrations by Andrea Strongwater

Location: Life Hall Exhibition Space

An ongoing exhibit which is part of “Diversity Week” on-campus, a multidisciplinary program seeking to install an appreciation and tolerance for diverse perspectives.  For the opening reception and book signing see the event on November 11th at 4:30 p.m.


October 30  – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Tradition of German-Jewish Organ Music before and after 1938

Dr. Tina Fruehauf, Columbia University, author of “The Organ and Its Music in German-Jewish Culture”

Location: University Hall, Room 1106 (Adelina Granito Ferraro Lounge)

Did you know that German-Jewish organ music almost disappeared after Kristallnacht?  Dr. Fruehauf discusses what happened as a result of the violence in 1938 and traces the history of organ music in German-Jewish liturgy and cultural life from the 19th century to its rebirth in modern times.


November 4 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Jewish Science: The Nazi campaign against Einstein, Freud and other Jewish Thinkers

Dr. Steven Gimbel, Gettysburg College, author of “Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion”

Location: Dickson Hall, Cohen Lounge (Room 178)

Is there such a thing as “Jewish Science”?  The Nazis seemed to think so.  Dr. Steven Gimbel examines the Nazi ideological war against what they considered the heresy of “Jewish Science”.


November 6  - 2:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Film Screening of Europa Europa

Introduction by Dr. Alexio Lykidis, English Department

Location: Calcia Hall, Room 135

Did some Jews manage to hide their identity to avoid persecution?  This movie reveals a true story about a young Jewish boy who flees Germany after Kristallnacht and makes his way to Poland where he is mistaken for an Aryan orphan.


November 8 – 1p.m.

Digital Narratives/Digital Storytelling  (part of American Conference on Diversity)

Andrea Strongwater, author and artist

Location: Student Center Ballroom

Can technology enhance our ability to communicate stories and information?  Ms. Strongwater describes her use of technology and digital aids in researching and creating the story of the “Lost Synagogues of Europe”.


November 11 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Lost Synagogues of Germany and Austria

Andrea Strongwater, author of “Where We Once Gathered: Lost Synagogues of Europe” and “Where We Once Gathered: Lost Synagogues of Germany”

Location: Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ

Ms. Strongwater will talk about her award-winning book “Where We Once Gathered: Lost Synagogues of Europe” which includes paintings and profiles of German and Austrian synagogues destroyed during Kristallnacht and the Third Reich.  In addition, she’ll explore the architectural history of these synagogues.


November 11 – 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Opening reception/book signing for Lost Synagogues of Europe Art Exhibition

Location: Life Hall Exhibition Space

Meet author/artist Andrea Strongwater for a book signing (of “Where We Once Gathered: Lost Synagogues of Europe” and “Where We Once Gathered: Lost Synagogues of Germany”) and an opportunity to view the exhibit.


November 13 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Confronting the Unimaginable: The reaction of German Jews to Kristallnacht

Dr. Marion Kaplan, New York University, author of “Between Dignity & Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany”

Location: Dickson Hall, Cohen Lounge (Room 178)

Should German Jews have seen the disaster coming and fled Germany?  Dr. Kaplan will explain why German Jews were surprised by the ferocity of the pogroms of 1938 and why they were unprepared to adjust to the new reality.


November 14 – 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

My Child is Back

Ursula Pawel, author and Holocaust Survivor

Location: University Gallery

Ursula Pawel, who was born in Dusseldorf, shares her personal experiences of life in Germany after the Nazis seized power in 1933.  She spent three years in labor and concentration camps and undertook a 500 mile bicycle trek to locate her mother after liberation.

(sponsored by Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest)


November 18 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Found in Translation

Barbara Wind and Marlen Gabriel will read from, Auf Asche Gehen (Walking on Ash)

Location: Dickson Hall, Cohen Lounge (Room 178)

The book of Holocaust poems was written by Barbara Wind, the daughter of Holocaust Survivors and translated into German by Marlen Gabriel, the daughter of a Werhrmacht soldier whose family fled Hamburg during the Allied bombing. Wind and Gabriel will discuss their friendship and collaboration.


November 20 – 2:30 p.m to 5:15 p.m.

Film Screening of God Does Not Believe in Us Anymore

Introduction by Dr. Benjamin Lapp, History Department

Location: Calcia Hall, Room 135

The film relates the story of a young Viennese Jew who leaves Austria after Kristallnacht and eventually ends up in Marseille.


Presented by:

College of the Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Global Education Center, Harry A. Sprague Library, Jewish American Studies, Office of Equity and Diversity, and the Holocaust and Genocide Resource Center of Montclair State University

Sponsored by:

New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest and Temple Ner Tamid of Bloomfield

Need additional information?  Contact Steven Shapiro by email ( or phone (973-655-4428)