Kristallnacht Program

Thursday, November 12 at 7 pm

Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation and the Stories of the Holocaust
with Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D.
Director of Manhattan College's Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Center

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.

Tickets available online; $7 general public, free with MCC IDWarshof Conference Center, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, MCC's Brighton Campus, 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester


Dr. Afridi's Biography 

US Holocaust Memorial Museum's Voices on Antisemitism Podcast


Earlier that day, join us for ...

Antisemitism & Islamophobia: A Panel Discussion

featuring Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, Manhattan College
Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, Nazareth College, and
Rabbi Alan Katz, Temple Sinai
Thursday, November 12 at 1 pm
Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester
441 East Avenue, Rochester


“Kristallnact or Night of Broken Glass”*

In November 1938, mass frenzy broke out in Austria and Germany. Synagogues were destroyed and burned, Jewish homes were assaulted, and Jewish-owned stores were shattered and looted. In many places, Jews were physically attacked. About 30,000 Jews—especially the influential and wealthy—were arrested and were thrown into concentration camps.

Photo of shattered window This was the first time that riots against the Jews of Germany, accompanied by mass detention, had been organized on such an extensive scale. Though the violent onslaught was officially terminated on November 10, in many places it continued for several days. In Austria, it started only on the morning of November 10 but was particularly fierce.

Every November, people around the world pause to remember Kristallnacht. The name Kristallnacht comes from Kristallglas (beveled plate glass) and refers to the broken shop windows of Jewish stores. Kristallnacht was the Nazis' first experience of large-scale, anti-Jewish violence. It opened the way for the complete eradication of the Jews' position in Germany.

Source: Yad Vashem