Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration

 
General Information

Hosted by the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and the Jewish Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University, 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." - Holli Levitsky, director of Jewish Studies

Past Events

  • 2019: Human Rights and Refugee Policies: The Voyage of the SS St. Louis

    ‌2019: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor: A Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi

    Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
    Location: Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall

    Featuring:

    • A candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of the Night of Broken Glass.
    • Screening of the documentary film, "Complicit," along with its corresponding poster exhibit.
    • Discussion and Q & A with Robert M. Krakow, creator and producer of "Complicit," and Thomas Jacobson, surviving passenger of the SS St. Louis.
    • A student-curated exhibition, in collaboration with the David Labkovski Project, showcasing Holocaust art and information.

    Sponsors:

    • Loyola Law School
    • CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice
    • LMU History Department
    • LMU Theological Studies Department

    Photo gallery and news story coming soon!

  • 2018: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor: A Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi

    ‌2018: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor: A Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi

    Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall

    Featuring:

    • Candle Lighting by Rabbi Laura Owens of the Academy for Jewish Religion California and Renee Florsheim, associate dean of LMU's College of Business Administration
    • Musical Performance by Cantor Stephanie Kupfer of the Academy for Jewish Religion California
    • Lecture by renowned American-born Israeli author and journalist, Yossi Klein Halevi

    Sponsors:

    • The Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations
    • The Academic Engagement Network
    • The Academy for Jewish Religion California
    • The Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination
    • University Synagogue
    • Jewish Life at LMU
    • The Peace and Justice Studies Program at LMU
    • The Journalism Program at LMU

    View Photo Gallery Here

    Read the Bellarmine News Story Here

  • 2017: Transforming the Shards

    ‌2017: Transforming the Shards

    Date: Monday, November 6, 2017
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall

    Featuring:

    • Candle Lighting by Harry Lester, Honored Holocaust Survivor
    • Lecture by Rabbi Zachary Shapiro
    • Photo Exhibit of "A Celebration of Life," by Clifford Lester, capturing the strength and soul of Holocaust survivors through portraiture

    Sponsors:

    • The 1939 Society
  • 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, Loyola Marymount University

    Featuring:

    • Candle Lighting by Michael Zelon, Honored Holocaust Survivor
    • Film Screening of "Jan Karski & the Lords of Humanity," directed by Slawomir Grunberg
    • Special guest Mariusz M. Brymora, Consul General of Poland in Los Angeles
    • Panel Response by Slawomir Grunberg, Director of "Jan Karski & the Lords of Humanity"; and Edward Gaffney, Professor of Law, Valparaiso University

    Sponsors:

    • 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

    Featuring:

    • "El Male Rachamim," by Robyn Littleworth, LMU Theatre Arts Major '12; and Challen Wellington, LMU Dance Major '16
    • Candle Lighting by Fela Gipsman, Honored Holocaust Survivor
    • Musical Concert with 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, November 4, 2014
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall, Loyola Marymount University

    Featuring:

    • Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, author of “A German Life: Against All Odds, Change is Possible,” whose book 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.

    Sponsors:

    • The 1939 Society
  • 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, November. 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, November 8, 2012

    Featuring:

    • Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, renowned author and speaker.