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  • Writer's pictureWendell Maxey

With 84th Anniversary Of Kristallnacht, We Are Reminded Of The First Act That Led To The Holocaust

Updated: Nov 15, 2022

From brick-throwing mobs, to mass arrests, torched synagogues, and the horrific sound of broken glass across cities in Germany, between November 9 and 10,1938, the pogrom known as Kristallnacht resulted in the destruction of over 7,500 Jewish businesses, 1,000 synagogues, and threatened the security of Jewish people in Germany during the rise of Nazism and antisemitism.

Now as we prepare to honor the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht, we are fiercely reminded that the first act of what would eventually become the Holocaust is as powerful as ever in light of the recent antisemitism news of Kanye West, Kyrie Irving, and a serious threat to synagogues in New Jersey.

To highlight this unfortunate historical moment back in 1938, a unique event will be held on November 9th 2022, at the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum in Dubai, when 91-year old Holocaust Survivor Eve Kugler shares her incredible story of survival and experience during the Holocaust to an audience in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Only 7 years old when the German broke into her home on Kristallnacht, Eve will also visit a school where she will meet with Jewish and Muslim children and tell them the story of what occurred on that fateful night. That’s where Eve’s story really makes a lasting impression to a younger generation learning about the Holocaust.

The occasion to hear from Eve Kugler and the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht serves as an opportunity to commemorate the past and raise awareness about the current atmosphere of intolerance, prejudice, and racism that unfortunately still exists in the world today.

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