On November 9 – 10, 2011, many of our neighbors will revisit a painful, horrendous memory – to them it is known as ‘Kristallnacht’ or ‘Crystal Night’. What took place on November 9-10, 1938 brings the events of ‘Crystal Night’ into perspective, and it is now our obligation to learn and to remember so that massacres of this nature never happen again. The horrors that were released across Europe carried Western Civilization into some of its darkest, most uncivilized times. We must never forgot so that such attrocities may never be repeated.
On “Crystal Night,” or “The Night of the Broken Glass,” Jewish homes, shops and synagogues were broken into across Germany, and many were trashed and burned, as storm troopers and civilians attacked Jewish properties, shops and homes with anything that could cause damage. Ninety-one Jews were killed and 30,000 Jewish men were taken to concentration camps, beginning the nightmare that would eventually lead to the murder of six million Jews – one of the most vile times in human history. “The Night of the Broken Glass” was only the beginning … and still, persecution of Jews continues in many venues, but it has taken a new face, a new name, a new boldness, but the West, like in the late 30’s, remains silent.
To remember this evil and incomprehensibly terrible tragedy, The Oak Initiative is again setting aside the month of November to honor our Jewish neighbors. We are asking all of our Oak Initiative chapters and members to contact their Jewish neighbors, Jewish synagogues, or cultural centers and let them know how much we appreciate them and are honored to have them as neighbors. We also want to express our belief that the Jewish people have fulfilled the promise of God to Abraham that his descendants would be a blessing to every family on the face of the earth. If you can, please purchase and give to them a gift of crystal as a token of our appreciation for them, and how we are resolved to stand with them and never let the tragedy that befell them in Europe ever be forgotten, or happen to them again.
Afterwards, we would enjoy hearing stories and testimonies of your results. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and share them with us.
We encourage you to also watch the following video from Don Finto on The Importance of Israel.
MORE INFORMATION: SPECIAL BULLETIN 12-2011