Kristall­nacht re­mem­bered

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY CANDICE KRIEGER

A CON­CERT to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of Kristall­nacht, the 1938 Ger­man pogrom, was held in Lon­don on Tues­day.

En­dorsed by the leaders of all three main po­lit­i­cal par­ties, the event was or­gan­ised by the Holo­caust Cen­tre, home to the Aegis Trust for geno­cide preven­tion, in mem­ory of Kristall­nacht, “the night of bro­ken glass”.

On Novem­ber 9, 1938, more than 90 Jews were mur­dered and 25,000– 30,000 were de­ported to labour camps. Kristall­nacht is now recog­nised as the pre­cur­sor to the de­struc­tion of the Jews of Europe.

Prime Min­is­ter Gor­don Brown said the con­cert was a chance “to re­flect on an event that shocked the world.

“It is also a chance to cel­e­brate to work of the Holo­caust Cen­tre, which both teaches about the hor­rors of the Nazi holo­caust and pro­motes com­mu­nity co­he­sion, chal­leng­ing mod­ern day prej­u­dice and dis­crim­i­na­tion in all its forms.”

Tory leader David Cameron said: “In ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about the past, pro­mot­ing co­he­sion in the present and help­ing us to re­flect on our shared re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to pre­vent mass atroc­i­ties in the fu­ture, the Holo­caust Cen­tre and the Aegis Trust are play­ing a vi­tal role.”

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