Kristallnacht, the first organized act of Nazi violence, took place Nov. 9, 1938. In commemoration, Skokie’s Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center hosted a program in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago that was held at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, Wilmette.
Over 750 people attended the event and more than 2,600 people watched online.
A highlight of the evening was the lighting of 6 candles, representing the 6 million murdered by the Nazis, by six local Holocaust survivors: Sigi Veit of Skokie, Fritzie Fritzshall of Buffalo Grove, Paul Sternfeld of Lincolnwood and Margo Schlessinger, Fern Steinfeld and Marion Gruen, all of Chicago.
Presenters at the event included:
Christian Brecht, Midwest Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany
Brad Schneider, U.S. Congressman of the 10th District of Illinois
Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of Illinois
Hon. Elaine Nekritz, State Representative for the 57th District
Sr. Rosemary Connelly, RSM, executive director of Misericordia Home
Bishop Wayne N. Miller of Metro Chicago Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
The Rev. Phil Blackwell of the Chicago Temple
Cantors Alberto Mizrahi of Chicago’s Anshe Emet Synagogue and Benjamin Warschawski of Ezra Habonim NTJC in Skokie
Dr. Robert Pickard, National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans
Alex Goldman-Shayman, Israel Deputy Consul of the Midwest