I’m sure there are people remembering this night here in Germany. For me, I am sitting in my hotel room remembering 91 Jews who were murdered, many others beaten and over 30,000 Jews deported. Over 1,600 synagogues that were attacked; 267 of them destroyed completely, countless Torah scrolls and holy books burned.

And today in Europe – Jews were not invited to a commemoration of Kristallnacht in a small Swedish town for a variety of excuses such as:

  • “it can be perceived as unwelcoming or unsafe situation for them.”
  • “Jewish people will be scared to come because they usually have Israeli flags with the swastika on them.”
  • “The Jewish community wasn’t invited because we assumed they might be uncomfortable around that sort of thing.”

One person said it was a security risk for Jews to attend. Lovely…meanwhile, I sit here wishing…wishing…I’m not even sure what.


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Paula R. Stern is the co-founder of Retraining4Israel (www.retraining4israel.com), a new organization working to help olim make aliyah successful. Paula made aliyah over 30 years ago with her husband and their three children. She lives in Maale Adumim and is often referred to as “A Soldier’s Mother”. She is now a happy wife, mother of five (including two sabras), and grandmother, happily sharing her voice and opinions with others. She is also a senior tech writer and lead training instructor at WritePoint Ltd. (www.writepoint.com). Please visit her new website: www.israelheartbeat.com