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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education

Dr. Amy Weiss
Annunciation Center - Main Floor

Phone: (973) 290-4351

Kristallnacht Commemoration

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Date: Monday, November 4, 7:30pm-9:15pm
Location: Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peter Hayes
Professor of History and German and the Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor of Holocaust Studies Emeritus at Northwestern University
Lecture: "Kristallnacht: Crescendo and Overture"

Peter Hayes specializes in the histories of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and, in particular, in the conduct of the nation’s largest corporations during the Third Reich. He taught at Northwestern University for thirty-six years from 1980 to 2016 and currently serves as the chair of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Professor Hayes is the author of twelve books. Most recently, he has produced three major works on the Holocaust: The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies (co-edited with John K. Roth, 2010), an extensive anthology called How Was It Possible? A Holocaust Reader (2015), and a compact analytical synthesis, Why? Explaining the Holocaust, released by W. W. Norton & Company in 2017. Click here for Dr. Peter Hayes' complete biography.

Survivor and Second-Generation Survivor Testimony: Mark Schonwetter and Ann Arnold

Ann Arnold's first book, Together: A Journey for Survival, chronicles her grandmother’s courageous story of saving her family from the Nazis. The story displays the magnificent strength of a mother's love and the incredible courage of good people during the worst of times. While Ann’s father, aunt and grandmother did not go to the death camps, they saw a side of the war that very few people survived: in the forests and farms. Ann most recently has been awarded with the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Heroes for Tolerance award for her work and lectures on tolerance.

Mark Schonwetter feels blessed to have had a lifetime. As a young Jewish boy in Poland during World War II, he spent the war years in hiding with his mother and sister in the Polish countryside. When the war ended, the family stayed in Poland until 1957, when they emigrated to Israel. Due to a lack of job opportunities, Mark decided to move to the United States in 1961, with the backing of his mother's relatives here, and only five dollars to his name. Unable to speak English, he nonetheless obtained work at a jewelry factory, where he swept floors under the supervision of a man who spoke Yiddish. He soon learned English and rose through the ranks in five years to become the factory manager, and within five more years had the opportunity to purchase another jewelry company, Lieberfarb, which he turned into a successful wedding ring and bridal company, and owned and ran for over forty years. He took the “American Dream” to heart and built a life in his adopted country.

This program is free to attend, but advance registration is required.