WASHINGTON (WUSA9)-- This Wednesday, more than 40 Holocaust survivors will come together for an honorary evening called "Expressions of the Holocaust," hosted by George Mason University's Hillel.
The Mason Jewish student association's dinner event marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Otherwise known as the "Night of Broken Glass," Kristallnacht struck fear in the lives of Jews across Nazi Germany and Austria and signified the destruction of schools, Jewish-owned businesses and synagogues. That evening, November 9, 1938, is recorded as the beginning of the Holocaust.
The Hillel will host almost 300 D.C. area residents and GMU students for an evening of survival stories, music, poetry and art. Funds raised from the event's silent auction, ticket sales, sponsorship and other donations will go toward supporting a future GMU Hillel Holocaust Education Fellow position. According to the GMU Hillel, their ultimate goal is to create a Genocide Studies program at the university.
These GMU students are part of the last likely generation to have the opportunity to hear these stories of survival first-hand. "The event will both build a bridge to the past for the local community and help keep us to our promise of Never Again," said Mason Hillel Executive Director, Ross Diamond. "Only by working together can we understand the past and make sure that it does not repeat itself."