Commemorating Kristallnacht

Königsberg Synagogue
Königsberg Synagogue


Lore Zusman was born in Königsberg 90 years ago.

Here are her memories of the Königsberg Synagogue, Kristallnacht and a book presented to her mother after the synagogue was destroyed on Kristallnacht in 1938.

Rabbi Reinhold
Rabbi Reinhold Lewin
The back of the photo
The back of the photo
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The Rebbetzin & son



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Königsberg / Kaliningrad KehilaLink with links to the synagogue and Kristallnacht.


Hear Erika Sternberg’s story on Kristallnacht in Breslau. Click on her image.



Commemoration in Perth – 9 November 2016



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Just received: An email from Susan Taube of the USHHM

I was only 12 years old when the Nazis ransacked Jewish homes and buildings in my neighborhood on Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass.”

They took my father away to Buchenwald. My mother, sister, and I didn’t know if we would ever see him again. Our front door was smashed, our books torn apart, our dishes shattered. And with my father gone, we were left to pick up the pieces.

This week marks the 78th anniversary of that terrible night—and though decades have gone by, my memories of it have not faded.

Will you join me in commemorating Kristallnacht by viewing photographs and listening to testimonies in the Museum’s collection?

Photo: Susan Taube has been a volunteer at the Museum since its founding. US Holocaust Memorial Museum


Kristallnacht marked an ominous turning point in the Nazi persecution of Jews, and the Museum preserves artifacts and testimonies of the event so that its story can always be told.

We must remember—both to honor the innocent people who suffered that night, and to recognize our responsibility to help those facing hatred and violence today.

Please take a few minutes to explore some of the remarkable evidence in the Museum’s collection from Kristallnacht.


Susan Taube
Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer

Photo: Shattered storefront of a Jewish-owned shop destroyed during Kristallnacht. Berlin, Germany, November 10, 1938. National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD


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