2016-11-17 18:10:22

While we're finalizing our annual and Centropa Summer Academy reports, we're looking back on a year of great memories - passionate and committed teachers, intensive seminars, our memorable trip through Vienna, Prague, Terezin and Berlin with 90 educators from 18 countries, and other events bringing 20th century European Jewish history to life. What's your Centropa memory of 2016? #ThursdayThoughts

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2016-11-16 15:38:19

Sun Sentinel looks back on our inaugural Sephardic Film Night celebration in this excellent feature spotlight! Thank you again to our friends at the Second Avenue Jewish Chorale, Centropa, and the University of Miami Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies for your vision and contributions to such an extraordinary night.

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2016-11-10 15:59:40

#OnThisDay, Paul Rona, born 1922 in Vienna, remembers:

"During Kristallnacht, my father and I were arrested in our apartment and immediately taken away. We heard that the SA-men wreaked havoc in our apartment afterwards, but the new owner put a stop to the destruction because he wanted our things. He kicked out my mother. She left the apartment with two suitcases and went to the Markstein family at Brigittenauer Lände."

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2016-11-10 13:21:47

#OnThisDay, November 10th, 1938, Max Uri, born 1921 in Vienna, remembers:

"On 10th November [1938], three SS-men entered my uncle’s store and told him, ‘Give us the keys to the store!’ But Moses Zwick refused to give them the keys. And so they knocked out all his teeth, took the keys away, and he was never allowed to set foot in the store again ..."

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2016-11-10 11:32:53

#OnThisDay, November 10th 1938, Lilli Tauber, born 1927 in Vienna, remembers: "I remember 10th November 1938 very well. It was a Thursday, the sky was cloudy, and it was about 10am when someone came into the classroom and started whispering into our teacher's ear. Afterwards the teacher told us to go home, saying that something was going on ..."

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2016-11-10 10:56:30

November 10th, 1938 - the day after the Night of the Broken Glass - saw the continuation of anti-Jewish attacks with a wave of arrests. The SS and Gestapo arrested up to 30,000 Jewish males, and transferred most of them from local prisons to Dachau, Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen, and other camps.

While most men were released over the next three months - on the condition that they emigrated from Germany - hundreds died in the camps as a result of the brutal treatment they endured.

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2016-11-09 10:14:56

#OnThisDay We commemorate the Novemberpogrome of 1938, a turning point in history and a turning point in the lives of many of our Austrian interviewees.

Gertrude Kritzer, born 1923 in Krumbach, Austria, remembers:
"I had been to Vienna twice before the German invasion, but the memories of Vienna that I've kept are those from fall 1938: I witnessed this horror myself. Although I've lived in Vienna for almost fifty years now, I can still clearly see it in my mind's eye: I was walking home from the Schiffschul with my dad..."

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