Gathering Thursday marks night of Nazi violence

German Nazis tore through the streets attacking Jews Nov. 9, 1938. Many Jews were killed, and others were arrested and taken to concentration camps. The streets were left littered with broken glass from windows of Jewish stores and synagogues, resulting in a sweep being called Kristallnacht “Crystal Night.”

Bnai Brith Costa Rica has organized an event in commemoration of the event Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Centro Israelita Sionista de Costa Rica in Pavas.

“The greatest tragedy of the Jewish people and humanity began during the sad celebrated night of the broken glass,” said a release. “The day marked the end of the period of segregation and the beginning of physical violence, deportations and murders, as the prologue to World War II.”

The central theme of the commemoration will be children during the Holocaust. It is accompanied by a quote from Irena Sendler, a Polish woman who saved 2,500 children from death in a Warsaw Ghetto:

“The reason why I rescued children from the ghetto dates back to my family home and childhood,” the quote said. “I was brought up to react that a person must be rescued when drowning, regardless of religion and nationality. A requirement dictated by the heart.”

Special guest speakers for the night will be Elizabeth Odio, former vice president of Costa Rica and former judge of the international criminal court, and Alejandro Toledo, former president of the Republic of Peru.

The facility of the event is located adjacent to the Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados building.

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