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

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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. Join the online campaign »

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. 


During the most challenging of times, when evil and hatred seem to reign supreme, there have always been those whose light shines through the darkness, through their inspiring acts of courage and bravery. As we commemorate the events of Kristallnacht 1938, we honor the moral heroism and valor of those who resisted evil during the Holocaust and at other times of great mortal peril and danger to humanity.

LET THERE BE LIGHT: Stories of Hope and Humanity to Illuminate the Darkness features stories of humanity at its best during the darkest of times, we hope to inspire others to act courageously and bravely in the face of evil and injustice.

The program will be simulcast on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 8PM ET on the Jewish Broadcasting Service (JBS), MOTL.org, Facebook Live & YouTube. Following the initial broadcast, the video will remain available for viewing online at your convenience. 

Presented by International March of the Living and The Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University, in cooperation with USC Shoah Foundation and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. 


  • Testimonies from survivors of Kristallnacht, from the USC Shoah Foundation
  • Irwin Cotler, Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Fighting anti-Semitism, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
  • John J. Farmer Jr., Director of the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University, former Attorney General of New Jersey
  • Carl Wilkens, American Christian Missionary and former head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda
  • Special presentation to Paul Miller, Founder of the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University, by Natan Sharansky, Human Rights Activist, Chair of ISGAP and Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center
  • Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
  • Tali Nates, Founder and Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre
  • Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook, COO
  • Jessica U. Meir PH.D., NASA Astronaut
  • Mark Moskowitz and Jacque Altman, Second Generation
  • Musical guest Ani Djirdjirian, Actress and Armenian activist; Cantor Aviva Rajsky
  • Moderated by Richard D. Heideman, Distinguished Attorney, Author and Human Rights Activist

The Holocaust is not just a Jewish issue it is a universal issue. We must learn from the past, so that a more tolerant and just society will evolve for the betterment of all humankind.

David Machlis Ph.D, Adelphi University and Vice Chairman of the International March of the Living