Let There Be Light: Kristallnacht Initiative


Moving moments will includes portions of memorial programs held in the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Austria.

In a history making moment, Dubai hosted its first ever Holocaust commemoration on the eve of Kristallnacht, a powerful symbol of reconciliation and important step in Holocaust education.

Testimony from Holocaust survivors Eve Kugler and Walter Bingham, first hand eye witnesses to the events of Kristallnacht, will also be featured.

NOVEMBER 14, 2022 | 12PM NY / 7PM ISRAEL​

Global Campaign of unity in solidarity against antisemitism, racism, hatred and intolerance

Despite the fact that Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass, which saw the destruction of thousands of synagogues and Jewish institutions, took place 83 years ago, the world has still not learned the lessons of the past. Attacks on Houses of Worship of all faiths continuously occur, time and time again.

Our Global Campaign of Unity “Let There Be Light,” encourages all to unite in solidarity against antisemitism, racism, hatred and intolerance by keeping the lights on in Houses of Worship, public institutions and private homes around the world on the night of November 9th.

Since we launched the campaign in 2020, we have reached millions around the world, brought together over 1000 Houses of Worship of all faiths and institutions and partners from over 75 countries; and have been featured in over 120 news outlets worldwide. Our message of spreading light over the darkness of hate was displayed on the façade of the Coventry Cathedral in the United Kingdom, the walls of the Old City in Jerusalem, Jewish Community Building in Paris, France, the City Hall in Thessaloniki, Greece, the Great Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, and the Nozyk Synagogue in Warsaw, Poland. In addition, we have produced two educational programs, which you can watch by clicking on the video players below.

In commemoration of the 84th Anniversary of Kristallnacht In 2022, “Let There Be Light” events were held in Vienna, Jerusalem and Dubai, together with Holocaust survivors who were eyewitnesses to the attack and who shared their stories of survival. The Dubai event, the first ever Holocaust commemoration in the Arab world, was a powerful symbol of reconciliation and an important step in widening the impact of Holocaust education.

On Nov. 8th, International March of the Living streamed a Kristallnacht memorial service from Toronto, Canada and Dusseldorf, Germany, inspired by a March of the Living commissioned film – “It Was The Right Thing To Do” – telling the story of a remarkable act of courage by a German woman toward a Jewish family in Dusseldorf during the Nazi era.



Facebook is an official partner of LET THERE BE LIGHT

“Initiatives like the March of the Living’s Let there be Light commemoration of Kristallnacht which encourages individuals, institutions and houses of worship to keep their lights on the evening of November 9th.”

Sheryl Sandberg, former Chief Operating Officer, Facebook, at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism in October 2021

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(Click on the video player above to watch her remarks)