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10/21/2016 Member News
The Florida Holocaust Museum's Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration

Kristen Wright
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The Florida Holocaust Museum's Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration

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Candle-lighting with Holocaust Survivors and Book Discussion with Author Russel Lazega

October 21, 2016 [St. Petersburg, FL] -- The Florida Holocaust Museum's (FHM) Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration takes place at the Museum on Wednesday, November 9th at 6:30 p.m. The program will commemorate the 78th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, "the Night of Broken Glass," with a commemoration ceremony, including prayers and candle-lighting with Holocaust Survivors. The FHM's Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration is free and open to the public.

Kristallnacht owes its name to the shards of shattered glass that lined German streets from broken windows on November 9-10 in 1938. Throughout the night, thousands of Jewish-owned businesses, homes, and synagogues were ransacked and destroyed in a coordinated series of attacks throughout Germany. This was the first widespread use of massive force against Jews by the Nazi regime and figures as an essential turning point in Nazi Germany's persecution of Jews.

"Kristallnacht was the first event on such a public scale to highlight the bystander behavior of the German public. It was impossible to ignore and yet there was little outrage or protest against this open violation of human rights," said Elizabeth Gelman, Executive Director of The FHM.

After the ceremony, author Russel Lazega will discuss his book, Managing Bubbie, which centers around his grandmother, Lea Lazega, a fearless Jewish woman who escaped from Nazi Germany to bring her three children safely to the United States. Managing Bubbie revisits the Holocaust period to mine the love, hope, and humor that emerged from the deepest despair.

"The FHM teaches through personal stories of those who lived through the Holocaust. Mr. Lazega will share his "Bubbie's" story and his own as the grandchild of a Holocaust Survivor," said Erin Blankenship, The FHM's Curator of Exhibitons and Collections.

Author Russel Lazega is a lawyer living in North Miami Beach, Florida. He is a columnist for the Aventura News and the author of several nonfiction publications. Managing Bubbie is Lazega's first foray into creative nonfiction.

The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

About The Florida Holocaust Museum

The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.