To mark the 27th Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Holocaust survivor Maud Dahme, will give her testimony on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.in the Annunciation Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The keynote speaker for this event will be Dr. Jeffrey Shandler, a professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers University.
When she was just four years old, Dahme’s native Netherlands was invaded and several of her immediate family members were sent to Sobibor, an extermination camp in Poland. Unfortunately, many did not survive.
“I think the greatest gift that was given to me was to be alive,” said Dahme in an recent interview with the Huffington Post.
Dahme went on to explain the significance of genocide education and the importance of emphasizing the efforts of people who hid, protected and rescued Jewish people with no concern for their own safety.
“I think it’s very important to remember that it was a time in history when millions of people died and only because of their religion. But, there’s also the other side of the story, which is how many people cared and were willing to risk their lives to save Jews and anyone else.”
Kristallnacht, or the “night of broken glass” refers to violent anti-Jewish attacks that took place on November 9-10, 1938. For the past 27 years, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at the College has devoted time to inform the public of the atrocities of the Holocaust through educational programming.
The Kristallnacht Commemoration is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is strongly encouraged. To register, visit: www.cse.edu/kristallnacht
Learn more about CSE here: www.cse.edu
Mary Colleen Robinson has a communication degree with a concentration in journalism and is currently working as the PR/Social Media Specialist at the College of Saint Elizabeth.