Conference of Presidents Observes 81st Anniversary of Pogrom Night

New York, NY

 Arthur Stark, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“This weekend marks the 81st anniversary of Pogrom Night (Kristallnacht), when Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools, and businesses, and murdered close to 100 people simply because they were Jews. Pogrom Night was a turning point, an indicator of the unconscionable horror that was to be visited upon the Jewish people by the Nazi regime.

With the recent antisemitic attack in Halle, Germany on Yom Kippur, as well as a frightening spike in antisemitism in the US with the Tree of Life synagogue attack last year, we are witnessing a resurgence in Jew-hatred that must be recognized as a dire warning. It will take a coordinated effort across governments and societies, by Jews and non-Jews alike, to stem the pandemic of Jew-hatred at home and around the world."

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