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Let There Be Light: 2020 Kristallnacht Commemoration

In honor of the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht – The Night of Broken Glass, on November 9th, 2020, the International March of the Living aired our 2020 Kristallnacht Commemoration “Let There Be Light”, in partnership with The Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University, and the Jüdischen Gemeinde Frankfurt.

The program included:

  • Kristallnacht testimony from witness Norbert Strauss and archival testimony provided by the USC Shoah Foundation
  • Keynote address from noted Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Irving Roth
  • Paul S. Miller, Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience, Rutgers University
  • Prof. John J. Farmer Jr., Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics of Rutgers University and the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience
  • Dr. Joel Finkelstein, Rutgers Center for Secure Communities
  • Stephan Kramer, President of the State-Agency for the Protection of the Constitution in Thuringia, Germany
  • Moderated by Richard D. Heideman, President of the American Zionist Movement
  • Musical presentations by past March of the Living performers

This Kristallnacht commemoration was part of a global “Let There be Light” campaign where individuals, institutions, and Houses of Worship around the world were invited to keep their lights on during the night of November 9th as a symbol of solidarity and mutual commitment in the shared battle against antisemitism, racism, hatred, and intolerance.

The global campaign reached its peak on November 9th, the anniversary of Kristallnacht, with an impressive projection of collected messages on Jerusalem’s Old City walls and on the Coventry Cathedral in the UK.

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