Night of remembrance
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-11-11
Guests at night of remembrance for Kristallnacht
More than 200 people have taken part in a special remembrance service at Barnet Synagogue to mark the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
The event was part of the United Synagogue's programme of remembrance where all US communities and other communal groups and organisatons were asked to leave a light on overnight in their buildings in recognition of the hundreds of synagogues, Jewish businesses and houses destroyed during Kristallnacht during November 9 and 10 1938 in Germany.
As well as Jewish buildings being destroyed, at least 90 Jews were murdered and tens of thousands round up and sent to Buchenwald, Dachau and Sachsenhausen concentration camps.
Guests at the special event including the Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, The Mayor of Barnet, John Marshall and recently appointed US Chief Executive Jeremy Jacobs.
"We were moved by the number of people that took part in the United Synagogue's programme of remembrance on Sunday," said Jeremy Jacobs. "We are unable to change the past but by uniting as a community and remembering these events, we can educate others about discrimination and intolerance and help build a brighter future."
Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks added: "I would like to thank the communities for fulfilling the mitzvah of remembering and may the candles of memory light our way to a more gracious world."