85 Years Since Kristallnacht, Holocaust Survivors Say they Once Again Feel Unsafe

Stand for Israel  |  November 9, 2023

Woman walking with an Israeli flag wrapped around her as she walks by fliers of people who are missing during the Israeli war.
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As anti-Semitism rises across the globe, Holocaust survivors reach out for help during this dark time, especially on the day we remember the Kristallnacht pogrom, which happened 85 years ago, reports The Jerusalem Post:

Holocaust survivor M. said, “I think twice before I wear my Star of David. I am afraid to go to the synagogue,” while survivor G. added, “Never since the Holocaust are Jews so threatened.” D., another survivor, noted, “The October 7 terror attack brought back so many memories of what I saw as a child.” 

On November 9t, 1938, eighty-five years ago today, Nazi paramilitary forces, along with German civilians, burned and vandalized over 1,400 Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues. They murdered 91 Jews and arrested 30,000 Jewish men, sending them to concentration camps.

International March of the Living Chair Dr. Shmuel Rosenman and President Phyllis Greenberg Heideman: “Listening to the survivors was heartbreaking. We never believed that we would once again hear a Holocaust survivor say, ‘I don’t feel safe,’ or ‘I’m afraid to go to the synagogue,’ or ‘I’m afraid they’ll hurt me.’ We never believed that we would relive those days again.”