On Tuesday, November 12th, Rabbi Cahana was the guest presenter at St. Mary’s Cathedral as part of their Adult Faith Education program. The evening’s topic was Kristallnacht: Remembering The Night of the Broken Glass, 75 years later.
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In a precursor to death camps, almost 100 Jews died and 30,000 men were rounded up for deportation on Nov. 9-10, 1938. A thousand synagogues, 7,500 Jewish-owned stores and many homes, schools, hospitals and cemeteries were smashed and burned. Christian citizens took part or stood by for the most part. Firefighters came to blazing synagogues, but were ordered by Nazi officials only to keep flames from spreading to non-Jewish buildings.
The name of the one-night attack, Kristallnacht, refers to the vast number of broken windows..."Kristallnacht was the Nazis' word for it," Rabbi Cahana told a group of 60. "It was not about the broken glass. It was about the broken dreams. It was a night that changed everything for the Jewish community and for the world: A sophisticated, modern culture could turn on its own people."
Read the whole Catholic Sentinel article about Rabbi Cahana's talk: Kristallnacht after 75 years: It was about broken dreams