Over 750 attend Kristallnacht commemoration

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

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