Jewish leaders take a park in initiative to commemorate Kristallnacht

On the night of November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis organized the murder of Jews and the burning of 1,400 synagogues and Jewish institutions in Germany and Austria as part of the Kristallnacht pogrom. This event is one of the pivotal moments that led up to the Holocaust.

To mark this historic event and to protest against the rise in anti-Semitic events and hate crimes, the International March of the Living announced the continuation of its global initiative ‘Let There Be Light’ and invites the people, institutions and places of cult to abandon the lights on during the night of November 9, as a symbol of mutual responsibility and the shared struggle against anti-Semitism, racism, hatred and intolerance.

This initiative continues in the context of the rise in anti-Semitism already observed throughout 2021.

“Over the past year we have witnessed a terrifying increase in global anti-Semitic rhetoric and events,” said International March of the Living President Phyllis Greenberg Heideman. As the bearer of the torch of memory, the mission of the March of the Living is to remind the world of what happens when anti-Semitism goes unchecked. The ‘Let there be light’ initiative unites the world, even for a single moment, against anti-Semitism, hatred and racism in all its forms. Our educational mission is more necessary today than ever ”.

This year, again, Jewish leadership from around the world is participating in this global education and awareness initiative. Yaakov Hagoel, President of the World Zionist Organization and Acting Chairman of the Jewish Agency, wrote on the campaign website that in the face of continued hatred, the people of Israel stand together, steadfast and powerful. rock, in the face of the dark forces that have been trying for generations to destroy us: “This year, too, we are all united, holding up the beacon of light, holding the force of light over darkness, the victory of justice about hatred and the clear eternal nature of our people in the face of all who seek to destroy us. Let there be light! “

The Chairman of the Board, Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center Israel, Natan Sharansky wrote that anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany was increasing year after year and the world refused to see where it was going.

“It started with the destruction of synagogues and ended with the extermination of European Jews,” Sharansky said.

“The historical lesson is that anti-Semitism must be fought from the beginning.”

“Eighty-three years ago, Jews across Germany heard shop windows and synagogues being smashed,” said Jewish Agency executive director Amira Ahronoviz.

With that, the sense of security and protection that had been contained behind the glass was also shattered. The decades that have passed since then have taught us to always be vigilant and not to be silent; not to part, but to fight. for our right to live a full Jewish life, in Israel and around the world. ”

Ahronoviz added that the Jewish Agency will always work for the safety of Jews, in all corners of the world. To be a free people in our country and wherever we are.

“The 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht marks the most powerful warning signal the world received in the face of a brutal anti-Semitic attack on Jews carried out by the Nazi regime,” said the executive director of the Movement to Combat Antisemitism (CAM). , Sacha Roytman Dratwa.

“Today Jews and Jewish institutions are under constant attack. The memory of the Holocaust and the fight against anti-Semitism go hand in hand.”

“Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of hatred. As the events of the Holocaust recede further back in history, we have to make sure that his memory does not,” said Vice President of the NGO Monitor Olga Deutsch. “We must confront any form of anti-Semitism, be it classical hatred of Jews or more contemporary forms that target the Jewish state.”

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