Patricia Jursik
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Milwaukee County Board Marks 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

The Milwaukee County Board honored Dr. Richard Lux and Director Bonnie Shafrin on November 7, 2013 for their continuing and tireless work to educate the wider community of the lessons taught by the darkest days of humanity signified by Kristallnacht.

By - Nov 7th, 2013 07:24 am

The Milwaukee County Board honored Dr. Richard Lux and Director Bonnie Shafrin on November 7, 2013 for their continuing and tireless work to educate the wider community of the lessons taught by the darkest days of humanity signified by Kristallnacht.

On Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass, November 7 – 9, 1938, Nazi troops stormed through Berlin killing nearly 100 Jews and placing more than 30,000 in concentration camps and ghettoes while breaking the windows of Jewish businesses and synagogues. This is widely recognized as the start of the Holocaust which resulted in the systemic murder of six million Jews and more than five million others.

Dr. Richard Lux, Professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Seminary, Franklin WI and Director of the Lux Institute for Catholic and Jewish Studies along with Bonnie Shafrin, Director of the Nathan and Ester Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC), Milwaukee, worked cooperatively through inter-religious studies to educate teachers and students of the evils of prejudice and racism.

Through grants and other funding, these two educators created a semester-long course on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, teaching educators from secondary and post-secondary institutions. They also led a study trip to Israel where students toured and continued their course work at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, during 2013. These teachers will spread this work throughout Wisconsin to hundreds of students.

Supervisor Patricia Jursik had the honor of participating with these teachers in both the class and travel.

“Director Shafrin and Dr. Lux have been tireless in their efforts of advancing lessons learned from the darkest days of humanity: to end prejudice and racism which is the root cause of genocide,” Jursik said. “These lessons must be embraced by our community. Kristallnacht marks a date 75 years in the past that must never be repeated and never forgotten.”

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