Kristallnacht –the Night of Broken Glass, as the Nazis themselves chose to call it–refers to the organized violence that swept across Germany and Austria on the night of November 9 – 10, 1938 as Brown Shirts, members of the Sturmabteiling , dressed in civilian clothes, ransacked and destroyed Jewish shops and businesses. They
A Night of Broken Glass and Shattered Community November 7 | 6:30 PM Wallace All Faiths Chapel | Fish Interfaith Center Reflections by Curt Lowens Holocaust Survivor and Rescuer This event is co-sponsored by the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, Hillel, Chapman Interfaith Council, Fish Interfaith Center. Admission is free. No tickets/reservations required. Reserved seating
Next Tuesday, October 28, at 4 p.m. in the Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall, room 404, scholar and author Dr. Alan Rosen will speak on a challenging and complex topic. His lecture is entitled “Miraculous Testimony: Recounting Wondrous Interventions from the Days of Wrath.” As Dr. Rosen would be the first to say, the miraculous
Seventy years ago, on Yom Kippur, September 27, 1944, the Jews of Auschwitz debated whether or not to fast. They were, after all, starving, each of them near death. Among the prisoners was a teenager just three days shy of his 16th birthday.
Last week, media around the world reported on the unearthing of the foundations of the Sobibór gas chambers. The discovery is part of an ongoing archaeological project conducted by Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research, the German-Polish Foundation and the Majdanek State Museum.
Poster for the film “Nicky’s Family” September 16 | 7 p.m. Chapman Auditorium | Memorial Hall For more than fifty years, the story of rescuer Nicholas Winton remained untold. Only the serendipitous discovery of a suitcase filled with documents brought Winton’s story, and the stories of those he saved, to light. In 1938, Nicky, then
This Saturday marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass” in which a tidal wave of Nazi violence swept through Germany and Austria, leaving in its wake not only broken glass, burnt synagogues, and desecrated Torahs, but shattered human lives. To us, these events seem remote at best. For many of our
Perspectives on Kristallnacht November 7 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM Wallace All Faiths Chapel | Fish Interfaith Center Holocaust Survivors and Witnesses to Kristallnacht Engelina Billauer, Curt Lowens, Idele Stapholtz, Cantor Leopold Szneer Chapman University Faculty Participants School of Law: Michael Bazyler; Department of History: Marilyn Harran, Stefan Ionescu, Jennifer Keene, Shira Klein, Jeff Koerber
Earlier this week we at Chapman University celebrated the news that Dr. François Englert, Distinguished Visiting Professor in Residence and founding member of Chapman’s Institute for Quantum Studies, had received the Nobel Prize in Physics. He is a person who has accomplished the truly extraordinary–and he is also a child survivor of the Holocaust.
A few days ago I viewed for the first time in several years Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film Schindler’s List. In my experience, relatively few films remain meaningful and visually powerful so many years after one’s first viewing. That was certainly the case for me with Schindler’s List.