Shards of Broken Glass
This past November, the world Jewish community commemorated the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. The significance of this event has always been remembered by SAR students through our experiential educational programming.
RABBI YONAH FULD: FROM MY TEACHING DIARY
One of the most moving and inspiring events that ever took place in our school was the 50th Anniversary commemoration of Kristallnacht.
A grandmother of one of our students had lived through the Holocaust, kept a diary and a significant photo album. She was an outstanding speaker and had been invited by the German government to come back to her hometown and tell her story to high school students and a movie was made of her life during the Holocaust. We asked her to speak to our 7th and 8th Grade students and parents during the evening commemoration.
At an administration meeting, we thought that in addition to the speaker and the Q&A period, we should have some kind of ceremony. A discussion took place among the administrators which went something like this:
why don’t we break glass?
no, that is too horrible and traumatic.
but we do it at a wedding.
yes, but at a wedding you’re at a high and it’s to bring you down. Today, we are way down and we want to come up a bit.
so why don’t we put glass together?
As a result of this discussion, a gentleman whose hobby was working with stained glass was called in and told about the commemoration and the aforementioned discussion. He asked to be given a few days to think about the idea to come up with a conclusion.