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Night of Broken Glass


November 9-14, 2015

On November 9-10, 1938, Nazis in Germany and Austria torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses, and killed nearly 100 Jews. In the aftermath of these events -- called Kristallnacht, “Night of Broken Glass” -- some 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps. German Jews had been subjected to repressive policies since 1933, when Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany; however, prior to Kristallnacht, these Nazi policies had been primarily nonviolent. After Kristallnacht, conditions for German Jews grew increasingly worse. The events of Kristallnacht are seen as a turning point in Nazi Germany's persecution of Jews, which culminated in the attempt to annihilate Europe's Jews.

"Night of Broken Glass: Remembering the Holocaust " is a week of lectures, music, dramatic performances, exhibits, and films for the ISU and Wabash Valley communities. Many of the programs are being held on ISU's campus; others are located at venues throughout the community, including CANDLES Holocaust Museum, United Hebrew Congregation, and Vigo County Public Library. Admission to all events is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Sponsored by:

Indiana State University Office of the President, Center for Community Engagement, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Design, School of Music, Department of Theater, Department of History, Department of English, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, Cunningham Memorial Library, Bayh College of Education

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

United Hebrew Congregation

Vigo County Public Library

For more information, please contact Brad Venable, Department of Art and Design (812-237-3721 or, or Dorothy Chambers, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center (812-234-7881 or