- University press release on Kristallnacht Commemoration with Noémi Ban
- AS Review article by Chris Beswetherick (page 8)
- AS Interview with Noémi Ban by Chris Beswetherick (page 9)
More than 425 guests attended the event, including Uzma Ahmad pictured above with Noémi Ban. Mrs. Ban spoke about her experience during the Holocaust, including her imprisonment in Auschwitz and her work as a slave laborer in a sub-camp of Buchenwald.
What is Kristallnacht? 78 years ago, on November 9 and 10, 1938, a wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms swept through Germany, annexed Austria, and the Sudetenland. Ordinary men and women, teenage boys and girls, instigated by government agencies, burned synagogues, raided businesses, invaded houses, attacked and murdered neighbors. In the wake of these anti-Jewish pogroms, 30,000 males were sent to concentration camps, and “in the weeks that followed, the German government promulgated dozens of laws and decrees designed to deprive Jews of their property and of their means of livelihood” (Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM).
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