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Kristallnacht Commemoration on November 5 to Feature Dr. Jonathan Skolnik


Maimonides School's annual commemoration of the Kristallnacht pogrom is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. (ma'ariv at 7:15).

The speaker will be Dr. Jonathan Skolnik, associate professor of German at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is also on the History and Judaic and Near Eastern Studies faculties. His talk will be entitled, “Kristallnacht in the Shadow of the Spanish Inquisition: The Sephardic Past and the End of German Jewry.”

In 2016-2017, Prof. Skolnik served as interim director of the UMass Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. Earlier he was a Soslund Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. He serves as faculty sponsor for the graduate fellows of the Yiddish Book Center and is the author of the 2014 book Jewish Pasts, German Fictions: History, Memory, and Minority Culture in Germany, 1824-1953.

 The speaker received his undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia and is writing two books. He has presented several papers at conferences on topics relating to the fields of Germanic and Judaic studies and has received fellowships from the Leo Baeck Institute and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.

Reservations are not required but would be appreciated (mike@maimonides.org617-232-4452, ext. 405).

 Maimonides began this lecture in 1988, when Rabbi Isaiah Wohlgemuth, זצ"ל, described his personal experiences on Kristallnacht -- the night of Nov. 9, 1938. Rabbi Wohlgemuth, who joined the Maimonides faculty in 1945, was a young rabbi in the town of Kitzingen, where a mob attacked his shul. Rabbi Wohlgemuth subsequently was detained at Dachau for several months.


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