The acclaimed Holocaust and Genocide Education Program (HGEP) at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Homestead Campus has steadily grown in popularity with students and the community over the last six years. This year, MDC will once again host a Kristallnacht commemoration event at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass, was series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria in 1938. The attacks left the streets covered with broken glass from the windows of Jewish-owned stores and buildings, hence the name. Approximately 91 Jews were killed in the attacks, and another 30,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps.
The program will feature Holocaust survivors and a short film presentation on a Ukrainian Jewish family surviving 511 days underground in caves during the Holocaust. Guest speakers will be Jürgen Borsch, the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany and Chaim Shacham, the Consul General of Israel.
HGEP was established at the first Kristallnacht remembrance event in 2008. The program’s mission is to not only increase awareness of the Holocaust, but also to bring to students and the community an awareness of genocide within a framework of global citizenship. More than 10,000 people have participated in the program’s various activities to date.
This program is free and open to the public.