Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will commemorate the anniversary of Kristallnacht during services on Friday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. Fran Malkin of West Orange, who survived the Holocaust as a young girl, will tell her story. During the Holocaust, she and her family were hidden in a pig barn for 18 months.
Kristallnacht, which translates as “crystal night” in German, is also called the “Night of Broken Glass.” It refers to the violent attacks that the Nazis waged against Jews on November 9 and 10, 1938, throughout Germany, Austria, and parts of occupied Czechoslovakia. The name Kristallnacht comes from the broken glass that littered the streets after Jewish homes, schools, synagogues, and stores that were damaged and destroyed. Kristallnacht is often seen as the beginning of the Holocaust.
Ms Malkin also will tell about her journey to a new life in the United States. She is a board member of the Drew University Holocaust Genocide Center.
The program is sponsored by the synagogue’s Second/Third Generation Holocaust Survivors Group, a support group what was created at Congregation Beth Israel and includes participants from area synagogues. An oneg Shabbat will follow. For more information, call the synagogue office at (908) 889-1830.