Kristallnacht commemorated in Belfast – over 350 attend NIFI event

Over 350 people crammed into Belfast synagogue to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht – the destruction of over 200 synagogues, countless Jewish-owned properties and the loss of almost hundred lives on the night of 9 November 1938, in Germany and Austria. In the aftermath 30,000 Jews were arrested and taken to concentration camps. In one of the edicts promulgated in the weeks which followed the Nazis banned Jewish students and schoolchildren from attending state schools and colleges.

You can watch NIFI’s commemoration service by clicking the link here:

The story of Otto Goldberger’s escape from Vienna to Northern Ireland in 1938 is told here by his son, Melvyn:

Our thanks to presenters Paula Tabakin, Melvyn Goldberger, Ivor McClinton, Grace Radford and Isobel Kuzma.

Rabbi David Singer of the Belfast Jewish community beautifully recited memorial prayers.

Music was performed by award-winning Lithuanian accordion player, Martynas.

Candles were lit by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Christopher Stalford, Minister from the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister, Jonathan Bell MLA, representative of the Council of Christians and Jews, Dr Sandra Baillie, leading clergy, Rev Chris Hudson MBE and Rev Dr Gary Mason MBE and representing NIFI, Julie McCorran.

Amongst those attending were government minister, Nelson McCausland MLA, Alban Maginness MLA, Trevor Lunn MLA, Alderman William Humphreys MLA, Peter Weir MLA, the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tollerton, Rodney Corrigan, and Councillors John Kyle, Peter Martin, Alan Leslie and Guy Spence, and Rosamond Bennett, CEO Christian Aid Ireland.

Diplomat, Yiftah Curiel, represented the Israeli embassy in London.

The videos were recorded and produced by David Barry.