The Lessons of Kristallnacht for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations Today


Rabbi Dr. Mark Winer

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7 p.m.  Haub Executive Center, McShain Hall


Kristallnacht, or “The Night of Broken Glass,” was a planned series of attacks on Jewish synagogues and businesses in Nazi Germany that erupted on the night of November 9-10, 1938. Many historians date this rampage as the beginning of the Shoah (Holocaust).  In our own time, acts of terrorism couched in religious rhetoric have intensified feelings of interreligious hostility. Rabbi Winer, drawing on his extensive experience in promoting understanding among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, will reflect on the interreligious attitudes among these three traditions today.

Rabbi Dr. Mark L. Winer is the recently retired senior Rabbi at the West London Synagogue of British Jews. He graduated from Harvard Magna Cum Laude and earned his PhD at Yale, where he studied Sociology, Comparative Religion, Contemporary Jewry, and Race and Ethnic Relations. He has served as President of the National Council of Synagogues (USA), as well as heading an international initiative called FAITH: the Foundation to Advance Interfaith Trust and Harmony. He has been involved in several international events, including the treaty between Israel and the Vatican, the release of Ethiopian Jews, and the dispute over the Carmelite convent at Auschwitz. Currently he is Chairman of the International Interfaith Task Force for the World Union for Progressive Judaism.