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7:18 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Tulsa's Council for Holocaust Education Observes the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

November 9th of this year marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht --- the "Crystal Night" or "Night of Broken Glass" --- which was a series of sudden, violent, and coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria. Beginning on that date in 1938, the SA (a Nazi paramilitary group also known as the "stormtroopers" or "brownshirts") carried out such attacks while German authorities either looked the other way or looked on but did nothing. As an event --- or as a succession of tragic and highly disturbing events --- Kristallnacht is often seen as a precursor to (or even a first step toward) the Holocaust. Tonight, Thursday the 12th, the Council for Holocaust Education here in Tulsa will commemorate Kristallnacht at 7pm in the Sylvan Auditorium of the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center (at 2021 East 71st Street). This event is free to the public, and it will mainly feature a dramatic reading of the novella, "Address Unknown," an epistolary work that presents the fictional correspondence between a Jewish art dealer (who lives in San Francisco) and his friend and business partner (who returns to Germany in 1932). Also participating in tonight's commemoration will be Dr. Joseph Bradley, a history professor at the University of Tulsa and a member of the Council for Holocaust Education, who is our guest today on ST. Dr. Bradley talks with us about the rise of Hitler in Germany, the context and occurrence of Kristallnacht itself, the internal politics and conflicts of the Nazi Party, and related issues. (Also, you can learn more about tonight's event at this link.)

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