Remembering Kristallnacht—Monday, 7:30 p.m.

AllanJHall-KristallnachtAllan J. Hall, pictured, is a retired attorney, professor and Holocaust survivor. On Monday evening, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., in the Stetson Room, in the Carlton Union Building, Hall will recount his family’s remarkable struggle to survive. His family walked from Cracow, Poland to Lvov, Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine) to escape the German occupation in 1939 and spent the following four years in constant hiding, in such places as an attic above a theater and a basement below a factory. This will be a dynamic presentation of personal and candid stories related to survival, hardship and perseverance.

Stetson’s STAND organization will hold a candlelight ceremony on the CUB steps immediately following Hall’s talk.

The Holocaust refers to a specific period in 20th century history: the systematic persecution and annihilation of 6 million European Jews by the Nazis. During this era, millions more, including Roma, the handicapped, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents died under Nazi tyranny as well.

Kristallnacht, is often referred to as the “Night of Broken Glass.” The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938, throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia recently occupied by German troops.

This event is open to the public at no charge. It is sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial-Miami Beach and Stetson Interfaith Initiatives, in cooperation with Florida Department of Education, Hillel Student Organization, and STAND Anti-Genocide Student Organization. For more information, contact Lindsey Graves, assistant Director of Interfaith Initiatives at Stetson University, at 386-822-7403 or [email protected].