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Kristallnacht Commemoration Takes Place at College of Saint Elizabeth, November 5, 2012 Interfaith Dialogue Scheduled for November 7

Kristallnacht Commemoration Takes Place at  College of Saint Elizabeth, November 5, 2012 Interfaith Dialogue Scheduled for November 7

The College of Saint Elizabeth Holocaust Education Resource Center  will once again  remember the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, on Monday, November 5, 2012, from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m., in Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center, on the CSE campus.  The CSE Kristallnacht Commemoration is co-sponsored by the Holocaust Council of MetroWest.

Kristallnacht was a series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on November 9-10, 1938.  The attacks left the streets covered with broken glass from the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues. The event signified the beginning of the Holocaust.

Program Includes Survivor Testimony and Comments from Simon Wiesenthal Center Representative

Sarah Weiner, a Holocaust survivor from Poland who was rescued along with her family by Christians, will testify about her Holocaust experiences. She will be introduced by her daughter Dr. Deborah Rabner. In addition, Mark Weitzman, director of government affairs and director of the Task Force Against Hate and Terrorism for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, will also speak.

The evening will begin with welcome remarks by CSE President Sister Francis Raftery and Gina Lanceter, co-chair of the Holocaust Council of MetroWest. It concludes with closing prayers led by Cantor Joel Caplan of Congregation Agudath Israel, Caldwell, N.J., and Father Anthony Randazzo of Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, North Caldwell, N.J.

CSE alumna Yolanda Kunz. ’68, and her husband, Raymond, sponsored the dessert reception immediately following the program.

Annual  Interfaith Dialogue Discusses Christian View of the Holocaust

On Wednesday, November 7, the College will host A Catholic-Christian Look at the Holocaust 67 Years After. It will be presented by CSE faculty member Sister Kathleen Flanagan, S.C., professor of theology and co-director of the Holocaust Education Resource Center, and Sister Alice Swartz, S.M., assistant professor of theology.

Events Part of Week Devoted to Holocaust Remembrance

The College has invited the public to attend in-class sessions from November 5 to 9 on Holocaust related themes hosted by faculty members.  These sessions include survivor testimonies, films, lectures, and presentations by faculty and students. Stella Rabner will be giving her testimony in one of the classes on campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6th.  Gina Lanceter, Co-Chair of the Holocaust Council of MetroWest also will be giving her testimony on as will Erwin Weiss, both on November 7,  and Lona Hess on November 8. Prof. Laurel Leff, a professor of journalism at Northeastern University and author of Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America's Most Influential Newspaper, will be speaking in a mass media class on November 9. To view the complete schedule, click

Art Exhibition Theme Compliments Programs and Activities

In coordination with Holocaust Remembrance Week, the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, also located in Annunciation Center, is currently exhibiting Holy Lives, an exhibition of contemporary artwork focusing on the images of many different figures in religions from around the world. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, DVDs, photographs and mixed media work in this survey of current objects responding to, contemplating, depicting and celebrating sacred figures from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Yoruba and other world religions. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday, major and school holidays. For more information, contact the gallery at 973-290-4315;

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