KRISTALLNACHT IS THE NIGHT IN 1938 IN GERMANY, WHEN NAZIS BROKE JEWISH SHOP WINDOWS, DESECRATED TEMPLES, AND BRUTALIZED AND KILLED JEWISH CITIZENS. IT WAS A TURNING POINT IN THE THIRD REICH, MARKING THE SHIFT FROM ANTISEMITIC RHETORIC AND LEGISLATION TO VIOLENT, AGGRESSIVE ANTI-JEWISH MEASURES THAT WOULD CULMINATE IN THE HOLOCAUST.
Each year to commemorate Kristallnacht—“the night of broken glass”—the Bedford Interfaith Clergy, Bedford Jewish Community, Bedford citizens, and neighbors from nearby towns would gather on the Town Common to light candles, toll the bell, and be together in community and solidarity.
We gather to mourn, to remember, and to strengthen our resolve to resist such hatred and violence in our own time. This year, the observance will once again be held “live” outdoors on the Town Common outside of First Parish UU Church.
Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 PM
Bedford Town Common (on the steps of First Parish UU Church)
Click to see the 2022 Kristallnacht Service flyer (pdf)