The 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht — the “night of broken glass” in which Nazi-led violence and destruction swept across Germany and Austria in November 1938 — will be commemorated at Chapman University on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel of the Fish Interfaith Center.
The Chapman interfaith community will gather for a service of remembrance for the victims, and also to remember the courageous people from many walks of life who dared to defy Nazi authority to become resisters and rescuers.
Guest of honor will be Engelina Billauer, a Holocaust witness and survivor of Kristallnacht. Michael Berenbaum, Ph.D., director of Sigi Ziering Institute, American Jewish University, and author of “A Promise to Remember: The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of Its Survivors,” will give a talk titled “Kristallnacht – The End of the Beginning, The Beginning of the End.”
A musical tribute will be performed by violinist Iman Khosrowpour, conductor of the Irvine Valley College Symphony Orchestra.
Admission to the interfaith service is free and open to the public.