Kristallnacht, known as the “Night of Broken Glass,” started on November 9, 1938. After Kristallnacht, anti-Semitic activity in Nazi Germany continued to worsen, eventually culminating in the atrocities of the Holocaust.
A glass-encased Torah on display at Congregation Sha’arey Israel is a precious reminder of the harrowing life and death struggle many faced during that time of persecution. The Torah’s inscription reads,
"When the Nat Kessler family left Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938, they rescued and brought with them this Torah. It was given to Congregation Sherah Israel upon their arrival, and was in use here until 1983.”
On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, we remember those who perished and renew our commitment to Holocaust survivors.
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