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Kristallnacht Commemoration Events


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In 2009 the JHGC was involved with 2 commemoration events to mark the 71 st Kristallnacht commemoration.

In partnership with the Goethe Institut and the Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre, the JHGC screened God does not believe in us anymore, part one of the acclaimed Axel Corti trilogy, Where to and back, at the RCHCC.
Tali Nates (JHGC), Dr Katharina von Ruckteschelle-Katte (Goethe-Institut), Hazel Cohen (RCHCC) at the Kristallnacht Commemoration event at the RCHCC.
In another event, Hans Loewenberg, from Bremen, Germany, spoke of his experience on Kristallnacht, 9 November 1938, at the Friendship Forum. The Friendship Forum is a project of the Jewish Community Services (a division of the Johannesburg Jewish Helping Hand).

9 November 2008 marked 70 years since Kristallnacht.

To commemorate this event, Dr Marc Grellert Professor of Architecture at the  University of Darmstadt in Germany shared his moving and inspirational project that brings back to ‘virtual life’ German synagogues that were destroyed during the Nazi period. The visit was made possible by the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, the Gauteng Council SA Jewish Board of Deputies and The Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre.
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Israeli Ambassador Ilan Baruch, Dr Katharina von Ruckteschelle-Katte (Goethe-Institut),
Tali Nates (JHGC), Professor Marc Grellert at the Kristallnacht Commemoration event at the Goethe Institut.

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