Kristallnacht to be remembered in interfaith service at Wallace All Faiths Chapel

by Sarah Van Zanten

There will be an interfaith service of remembrance in honor of Kristallnacht at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel at the
Fish Interfaith Center
on the Chapman University campus.

A scene from the aftermath of Kristallnacht. Photo source/ Holocaust Research Project

, a night of broken glass and shattered community, took place Nov. 9-10, 1938 throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria.

Nearly 100 Jews were killed, more than 25,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps, 267 synagogues were destroyed, and hundreds of Jewish businesses and homes were vandalized and ransacked.
is viewed by historians as the beginning of the “Final Solution” that would ultimately lead to the Holocaust.

Idele Stapholtz, a child survivor of the Holocaust and witness to Kristallnacht, will share her reflections on the night and her incredible story of the remarkable family that took her in and saved her life.  After her home was destroyed on Kristallnacht, a Catholic family gave Stapholtz a home and went to extraordinary lengths to protect her.

At 6 p.m., before the service, there will be a free Shabbat dinner sponsored by
Chapman Hillel
in the Wilkinson Founders Chapel.  No RSVP is required for the service, but if you wish to join for Shabbat dinner beforehand, please contact Megan Kanofsky, Chapman Hillel Program Associate, at

The event is sponsored by Fish Interfaith Center, Hillel and the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education.

The event is free, but visitors will need to purchase a parking permit inside the Lastinger Parking Structure.  Parking is $2 for two hours and the machines take $1, $5, coins, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Dawn Bonker

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