Temple to commemorate Kristallnacht with concert

On Nov. 7 Temple Sholom will present an interfaith concert in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, which is known as the “Night of Broken Glass.”

The concert will feature singing by more than 90 children from the youth and teen choirs of Temple Sholom and local area churches. Prominent composer Gerald Cohen will also present selections from his new opera, Steal a Pencil for Me.

Kristallnacht was a pogrom — a series of coordinated attacks, against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938, carried out by Nazi forces and non-Jewish civilians as German authorities looked on without intervening.

The name Kristallnacht comes from the shards of broken glass that littered the streets after Jewish-owned stores, buildings and synagogues had their windows smashed. At least 91 Jews were killed in the attacks, and 30,000 were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps. Jewish homes, hospitals and schools were ransacked, as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers.

More than 1,000 synagogues were burned and more than 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed or damaged.The event will include a number of members of the Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy, who will share thoughts and readings. Selectman David Theis will present for the town.

The concert is open to the community and takes place Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue. Suggested donation is $10 per person. RSVP by Nov. 4 to Alice Schoen at [email protected] or 203-542-7165.

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