Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Campus, Mile End Road, London
Opening words by Sir Nicholas Montagu, KCB
Professor Raphael Gross (Director LBI London, Fritz Bauer Institute Frankfurt, Jewish Museum Frankfurt)
November 1938: The Story of Herschel Grynszpan
The talk will focus on Herschel Grynszpan and the diverse reactions to his assassination of the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath. It will tell the story of Grynszpan’s background and examine the various responses to and consequences of his action which was used by the Nazis as an excuse for the most significant pogrom against German Jews in history.
Professor Peter Pulzer (All Souls’ College, Oxford University, LBI London)
The Night of Broken Glass: Looking back on the November Pogrom of 1938
Professor Pulzer traces the evolution of the Nazi regime’s policies from initial uncertainties and hesitations through escalating discrimination and plunder to a determined decision to humiliate the remaining Jews on German territory, but also to isolate the rest of the German population from any identification with their Jewish neighbours.
Postcards from Europe – A Musical Interlude
Marianne Olyver - violin Michael Freyhan - piano
Exploring the lost traditions of the music of Hans Gal, Peter Gellhorn, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Erwin Schulhoff and Robert Dauber, whose lives were profoundly affected by the rise of the Third Reich.
Postcards from Europe is supported by Markson Pianos.
Admission is free but places must be reserved in advance.
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The Leo Baeck Institute www.leobaeck.co.uk