CCJ’s Chair of Trustees, Rt Revd Michael Ipgrave, posted this statement on the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the ‘night of broken glass’:
‘Today, we remember the events of Kristallnacht, a series of pogroms against Jews in Germany and Austria. Kristallnacht was a hideously violent crime against Jews, their homes, and their properties. Thousands were killed, tens of thousands transported to camps, and irreparable damage done to property and to the heritage and safety of the Jewish communities. We know that Kristallnacht was followed by the murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators. 80 years on we commit ourselves to remember so that the step-by-step process of genocide can never be repeated.
This week, the Council of Christians and Jews’ annual clergy seminar is taking place at Yad Vashem, the International School of Holocaust Studies, in Jerusalem. We work closely with church leaders to educate them about the Holocaust and equip them to pass on the learning in their communities around the UK. At a time of increased extremism, antisemitism, and violence across the world, this work is more vital than ever.’