Germany to hold commemoration of Kristallnacht

FRANKFURT — Hundreds of events throughout Germany, scheduled by local governments and private organizations on Nov. 9, will commemorate Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass.

The commemorations will be sponsored by German officials as well as by local Jewish communities.

In Frankfurt, a ceremony is planned that includes speeches by city and state officials and by the president of the Central Council for Jews in Germany, Ignatz Bubis.

Many of the ceremonies will be held at city halls or local Jewish cemeteries and will include prayers, the laying of wreaths and the reciting of Kaddish.

Some of the events are planned by local German groups involved with Christian-Jewish relations or with the study of local Jewish history.

In Berlin, high school students will present a play called, "In Reality, It Was the Last Sign Before the Extermination."

In the western city of Wiesbaden, actors will partake in a performance inspired by paintings created by Jewish artists.

Many churches plan to sponsor events on that evening, including lectures, concerts and readings of works by Jewish authors.

Several German television stations also will participate in the commemorations.

The public television station for the region of Hesse, Hessischer Rundfunk, will broadcast four hours of documentaries and studio discussions on the persecution and dispossession of the German Jewish community under the Nazi regime.

Next year, a national ceremony is planned for the 60th anniversary of Kristallnacht.