On Sunday, November 9th, at 7:30 p.m., in recognition of the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Crystal Night), I attended “Kristallnacht: Then and Now” at the Beth Tzedec Congregation on Bathurst Street. The event, sponsored by CTV, the National Post, and Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, was a wholly enlightening and moving experience—especially as an opportunity for a non-Jewish person like myself to understand my ineffable proximity with the holocaust.
I found the event to be wholly successful and engaging. As a teaching resource it would be best directed towards older students with lengthier attention spans. Still, the varied aspects of the presentations were truly affective and resonant, producing all kinds of emotional responses within me. Those songs, poems, statements, and recordings would, I think, draw students in and hopefully expose them to ideas that they had previously ignored, rejected, or not yet had the privilege of engaging with.