Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration

Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration

Black and white portrait of Jan Karski
The 2016 Kristallnacht Commemoration featured a Screening of "Jan Karski & The Lords of Humanity"

Hosted by the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and the Jewish Studies Program, the annual Kristallnacht Commemoration honors the victims of Kristallnacht, or “The Night of Broken Glass,” which took place in 1938. In one night, Nazi-orchestrated violence killed 92 Jews, arrested more than 25,000 others and destroyed 200 synagogues and thousands of Jewish homes and businesses.

“Kristallnacht is recognized as the start of the Holocaust. It is remembered as a way to honor the dead and teach younger generations about the injustice that occurred,” says Holli Levitsky, director of the Jewish Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University.

The event is sponsored by The 1939 Club, an organization of Holocaust survivors and descendants.

Current & Past Events

  • 2016: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust

    ‌2016: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust

    Date: Monday, November 7, 2016
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall

    Order of Events:

    Welcome:

    • Holli Levitsky - Director of Jewish Studies, Loyola Marymount University

    Blessing:

    • Rabbi Zachary Zysman, LMU Campus Rabbi

    Candle Lighting

    • Michael Zelon, Honored Holocaust Survivor

    Film Screening: "Jan Karski & the Lords of Humanity" Directed by Slawomir Grunberg

    • Introduction by Mariusz M. Brymora - Consul General of Poland in Los Angeles

    Panel Response

    • Slawomir Grunberg - Director of "Jan Karski & the Lords of Humanity"
    • Edward Gaffney - Professor of Law, Valparaiso University

    Kosher Dessert Reception

    Sponsored by:

    • The 1939 Society
    • The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles
    • The LMU School of Film and Television
    • The LMU History Department
  • 2015: Bearing Witness through Music

    2015: Bearing Witness through Music: Songs of Heartbreak, Yearning and Celebration

    Date: Monday, November 9, 2016
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall

    Order of Events:

    Introduction:

    • Julie Heath Elliott and Linda Stock - Co-chairs of the Catholic-Jewish Women's Conference
    • Hooli Levitsky, Ph.D. - Director of Jewish Studies, Loyola Marymount University

    "El Male Rachamim"

    • Robyn Littleworth - LMU Theatre Arts Major '12
    • Challen Wellington - LMU Dance Major '16

    Candle Lighting:

    • Fela Gipsman - Honored Holocaust Survivor

    Musical Concert:

    • Vanya Green Assuied and Yuval Ron

    Sponsors:

    • The annual LMU Interfaith Forum
    • The Martin Gang Institute
    • The Lily Faculty Seminar

     

     

  • 2014: "Against All Odds, Change is Possible"

    2014: "Against All Odds, Change is Possible"

    Date: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall

    Events:

    • Speaker: Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, author of “A German Life: Against All Odds, Change is Possible,” which describes his struggle growing up in the shadow of his Nazi officer father. He eventually converted to Judaism, emigrated to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a medical officer.
    • Reception 

    Sponsored by: 

    • The "1939" Society, an organization of Holocaust survivors and descendants

     

  • 2013: "Oy Vifil Yorn...? How long has it been...?"

    2013: "Oy Vifil Yorn...? How long has it been...?" Song, Commentary, and Prose in Yiddish and English

    Date: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

    Featuring Cantor Jennifer Bern-Vogel and Pianist Tova Morcos

  • 2012: Why the Jews?

    2012: WHY THE JEWS? ETHICAL, SPIRITUAL, HISTORICAL LESSONS

    Date: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

    Featuring Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, renowned author and speaker.