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Commemoration for 83rd Anniversary of Kristallnacht

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Free

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/Contact:

Shelly Shapiro (518) 694-9965 [email protected]  or  Diane Freer (518) 694-9984

Kristallnacht 83rd Anniversary Interfaith Commemoration

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Capital District Premiere of “An Open Door: Holocaust Haven in the Philippines”

Page Hall, University at Albany downtown campus, 135 Western Avenue, Albany, NY

Free and Open to the Public

NEWS RELEASE

 

CAPITAL REGION INTERFAITH COMMUNITY TO COMMEMORATE 83RD ANNIVERSARY OF KRISTALLNACHT ON NOV. 9 AT UALBANY’S PAGE HALL

Free Public Premiere of ‘An Open Door: Holocaust Haven in Philippines’

 

Albany, N.Y. – Eighty-three years ago on November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis staged vicious attacks – called pogroms – against Jews in Germany and Austria in riots that came to be known as Kristallnacht or “Night of Broken Glass.” Commonly known as the “Night the Holocaust Began,” the date is a turning point in history and a warning for today. Hundreds of synagogues and businesses were destroyed and 30,000 Jewish men and boys were arrested and sent to concentration camps.

This year, for the 29th time, the Interfaith Confronting Bigotry Commemoration of the Capital Region is sponsoring a program to unite the community against prejudice. The event will feature the Capital Region premiere of An Open Door: Holocaust Haven in the Philippines, a feature-length documentary on the uplifting story of how the Philippines rescued more than 1,300 European Jews fleeing the Holocaust before 1941.

The program, which will also feature Holocaust survivors and members of the community representing faith groups of the entire Capital Region, will be free and open to the public. The event will be held at Page Hall on the University at Albany’s downtown campus,135 Western Ave. in Albany on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

This unique film shares the story of how the Philippines, through the actions of President Manuel L. Quezon, opened its doors in 1939 to Jewish refugees with visas to travel to the then commonwealth of the U.S. The film shares information from survivors, family members, and historians. An Open Door is the story of a deep friendship borne of common adversity and intense love for freedom. Together, Filipinos and Jews struggled, endured, and ultimately prevailed. The descendants of the 1,300 survivors now number more than 11,000.

Many Holocaust survivors were just children when they arrived. They were welcomed warmly by the Filipinos, whose generosity and hospitality left indelible impressions. Their peaceful safe haven would not last, however. The Japanese invasion began on December 8, 1941, just hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the Japanese occupation, many Westerners from Allied countries were held in prison camps.

In an ironic twist, German Jews were seen simply as Germans by the Japanese and permitted to remain free. In the Philippines, it was the German Jews who were able to offer some small measure of help to their imprisoned friends.

The program is sponsored by Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center, the Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, and the Judaic Studies program of the University at Albany.

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Details

Date:
November 9
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Organizer

Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York
Phone:
518-694-9965
Email:
sshapiro@jewishfedny.org

Venue

Page Hall, University at Albany
135 Western Ave.
Albany, NY 12222 United States
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Phone:
(518) 442-3300
Website:
https://www.albany.edu/our-campuses

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