In Partnership with the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles, Commemoration Will Feature survivor Paul Kester and Historian Dr. Alan Steinweis

In commemoration of the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, Holocaust Museum LA presents “Remembering Kristallnacht,” a virtual commemoration Tuesday, Nov.9, at 3:00  p.m.  In partnership with the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles, the speakers will include Holocaust survivor Paul Kester; historian Dr. Alan Steinweis, author of “Kristallnacht 1938,”  and Consul General  of the Federal Republic of Germany  Stefan Schneider.

Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) was a campaign of destruction across Nazi Germany and Austria carried out against Jews between Nov. 9-10, 1938. Nazi paramilitary forces destroyed Jewish homes, hospitals and businesses; ransacked synagogues, and arrested and incarcerated 30,000 Jewish men. 

Paul Kester was born in 1925 in Wiesbaden, Germany.  After Kristallnacht, his family arranged for him to leave Germany on a Kindertransport. He went to Sweden in early 1939 and lived there for ten years. He settled in Los Angeles in 1949, where he worked in finance. His parents were murdered in Auschwitz.  

Dr. Alan Steinweis, a professor of History and the Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont, specializes in the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.   He is the author of several books on the subject, including “Kristallnacht 1938.”   Dr. Steinweis is editor of the American edition of the Comprehensive History of the Holocaust, a monograph series published by the University of Nebraska Press in cooperation with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust research and commemoration authority of the state of Israel.

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