Doris Metzger on Kristallnacht

Holocaust survivor’s family reads family letters from WWII on stage in Germany

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 9:25am

About a month before the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, sparking World War II, a desperate Jewish father in Germany penned a letter in broken English to a friend in England, Mrs. Wolf.

 “I beg to inform you that we have got a refuse from the Aid Committee in London, owing to our high waiting number for America. … We are very discouraged by this answer and are now forced to get out our children as quick as possible.”

Alfons Lasker, an attorney in Breslau, was on a mission to get his two daughters – Anita and Renate – out of Germany. He did not succeed.


Center for Advanced Genocide Research conference yields book about Kristallnacht

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 10:17am

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research is proud to announce the publication of a new book entitled New Perspectives on Kristallnacht: After 80 Years, the Nazi Pogrom in Global Comparison, edited by Wolf Gruner and Steve Ross.


Kristallnacht conference convened scholars from around the world

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:44pm
The event hosted by USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research appears to have been the only international academic conference to mark the 80th anniversary of this fateful event of November 1938, during which Nazis and ordinary Germans murdered more than 100 Jews and destroyed thousands of synagogues, Jewish institutions, stores and homes across Germany.

Five Resources to Teach Kristallnacht with Testimony

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 2:15pm
The Kristallnacht pogrom was a critical turning point on the path to genocide, and all of our #IWitnessChat participants agreed that using testimony is a meaningful way for students to understand and connect with the event. Hearing survivors’ detailed accounts of this night makes it much more accessible to students.

New IWitness Activity Published: Kristallnacht Information Quest

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 5:00pm
IWitness has published a new activity about Kristallnacht just in time for its 77th anniversary this November.
Kurt Messerschmidt on Kristallnacht
Tom Tugend on Kristallnacht
Sigi Hart on Kristallnacht

Holocaust Child Survivor Conference to Feature Stephen Smith and Daisy Miller

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 4:27pm

USC Shoah Foundation's executive director and director of community relations will speak at this year's conference for child survivors of the Holocaust.