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Iona College Jewish-Catholic Studies Sponsors Kristallnacht Commemoration And Lecture


Nov 21, 2019
02:15 PM


Iona College Jewish-Catholic Studies Sponsors Kristallnacht Commemoration And Lecture With the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center


Professor Wendy Lower will present, “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields”


Program Spreads Awareness and Compassion as Anti-Semitic Acts and Hate Crimes Rise Across the U.S., and in Westchester


Thursday November 21, 2019, 7:30pm

Spellman Hall Burke Lounge, Iona College


At a time when anti-Semitic rhetoric and violent hate crimes are on the rise, Iona College, a Catholic college in New Rochelle, NY, is launching a dynamic event on November 21 to bring Westchester citizens of all religions together to promote compassion, awareness, and knowledge of the Holocaust in an effort to prevent future hate crimes and attacks.

Each year, the Iona College Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies and the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center co-sponsor a commemoration of Kristallnacht as part of their efforts to provide ongoing education about the Holocaust. This year, the program will also include a presentation by Professor Wendy Lower on “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields.” Lower will explore the role of a half million young German women who directly participated in mass murder on the Nazi eastern front. Prior to the lecture, a memorial candle will be lit to honor all victims of hate crimes and genocide.

“This event is coming at a crucial time in our history, as anti-Semitic attacks worldwide continue to rise at alarming rates,” says Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies at Iona College. According to The New York Times, anti-Semitic attacks in New York in 2018 were 22% higher than in 2017. And, as recently as a few weeks ago, a synagogue in Halle, Germany was attacked during Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Jewish tradition.  

The event will begin at 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 21, at Spellman Hall Burke Lounge at Iona College in New Rochelle. The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is free on campus. For information contact Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies at Iona College (914.637.2744).

Professor Lower is the director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights and is the John K. Roth Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. She is the author or editor of eight books and dozens of academic articles. From 2016-2018, she was acting director of the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

About Kristallnacht:

In 1938, from November 9-10, anti-Jewish violence spread across Germany, parts of Austria, and Czechoslovakia. Synagogues and Torah scrolls were destroyed, cemeteries were desecrated, homes and over 7,000 Jewish-owned businesses were attacked. “Kristallnacht” translates to Night of Broken Glass, referring to the broken glass that littered the streets as windows were smashed as the Nazis went on their destructive rampage. Many refer to these dark days as the “unofficial start” of the Holocaust.




View map Iona College-Spellman Hall-Thomas J. Burke Lounge
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY

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