Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kick-Off Event in Denver

Not too long ago, Gary held the first Kristallnacht Project event with a group in Denver.  I'm happy to share an article from Intermountain Jewish News about the event:
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Updates on the Project and the Website

It's been a slow process making sure we come up with the best way to approach this project and we've made a number of revisions, additions, and changes to the project, making it a lot easier for people to really get involved.  Head on over to our newly improved website to check out how you can get involved! 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I Will Survive

I just came across this video and thought I would share it.

Via Neatorama:

Jane Korman’s 89-year-old father Adolek Kohn arrived at Auschwitz in a cattle car over 65 years ago. In 2009, he returned to Auschwitz and other locations in Poland associated with the Holocaust and did a victory dance with his daughter and several of his grandchildren. See parts two and three of this project as well. When Korman first exhibited the videos in Australia, she received quite a bit of criticism:
Many Jewish survivors have reacted gravely to the video, accusing her of disrespect. Yet Korman told Australian daily The Jewish News that “it might be disrespectful, but he [her father] is saying ‘we’re dancing, we should be dancing, we’re celebrating our survival and the generations after me,’ – the generation he’s created. We are affirming our existence.”

What do you think?  Is this the type of celebration that survivors should be exhibiting as they remember the past but look to the future, or is it disrespectful?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Some Updates

First off, it seems that the email links on the Kristallnacht Project site have not been working correctly.  We are not sure how long they were not working and apologize if anyone attempted to contact us and was unable to get a response.  The problem has been corrected.

Also, you might notice a few changes to the site as we have tweaked the direction of this project in a way that we think will make it much easier and interesting for people to participate and become a part of this undertaking.  We're still working a few things out but should have something more concrete to share with you by the end of the month.  Thank you for your patience and interest!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Remembering the Holocaust with Today's Technology

Most people will agree that the Holocaust was a tragedy that still needs to be remembered.  Those lost should not be forgotten, and we should look to the events of the past to ensure they are not repeated in the future.  We obviously find this to be very important as we move forward in creating the Kristallnacht memorial wall.  How these events are remembered, though, can be an interesting issue.  The Baltimore Jewish Times recently had an article about the way some people are using Facebook as a way to memorialize those who lost their lives in the Holocaust:

But the reality is that Holocaust memorialization is moving onto social-networking sites like Facebook and presenting new opportunities for remembering the victims —- and bringing a whole new set of complexities. One of the most popular and disorienting forms that this new virtual commemoration is taking is the Facebook profile. Even the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is now involved with providing information to fill out the details of some of these profile pages.
The desire to personalize the identities of the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust is not new. What is novel is the combination of this desire with a platform that is premised on empowering anybody to project his or her individuality far and wide.
There’s no more successful example of this fusion than the Facebook profile page of Henio Zytomirski. A small boy who must be no more than 7 or 8 years old appears in a black-and-white photo in the box provided for a profile picture. He looks full of joyful young life. But Henio has been dead since 1942, killed in a gas chamber at the Majdanek concentration camp when he was 9. On March 25, which would have been his birthday, dozens of Facebook users wished him a happy birthday on his “wall.” As of April 12, he had 4,989 “friends.”

It's a very interesting article that brings up some unique viewpoints.  You can read the rest of the article here.

What do you think?  Is this type of memorial tacky, or is it ingenious?  Is it a good way to engage today's generation or not?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Question

As we're gearing up to get the Kristallnacht Project going in the near future, I was just wondering, what does Kristallnacht and this project mean to you?  What would you expect or like to get out of participating in the creation of this memorial wall?  Do you have any suggestions for us?  We want to make this the best possible experience for all involved and that means you!  So tell us, what do we need to know?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

We're Up and Running!

The new website,, is up and running!  There's a ton of info about the history of Kristallnacht and Gary's memorial wall plans.  You can also keep up with us on facebook.  We're not quite ready to begin holding events yet, but you can sign up for the Kristalllnacht Project newsletter to keep up to date.