Remembering Kristallnacht

German rabbi coming to Pleasanton to speak, 80 years after massacre

Eighty years ago, Nazis in Germany swept through the country on the night of Nov. 9 and attacked its Jewish citizens, vandalizing synagogues, businesses and homes, and killing nearly 100 people.

That night -- which came to be known as "Kristallnacht," or "The Night of Broken Glass" -- would mark the start of the Holocaust.

The local Chabad of the Tri-Valley will commemorate this anniversary by hosting German Rabbi Y. M. Wagner to speak at its center in a few weeks on post-Holocaust Jewish life and confronting anti-Semitism.

"We are honored to welcome Rabbi Wagner to our community and hear him weave together the tragic stories of the past, the present, and his visions for the future," said Rabbi Raleigh Resnick, director of Chabad of the Tri Valley.

Wagner is a spiritual leader in Krefeld, Germany, and is the first German-born rabbi since the Holocaust.

The event will take place on Oct. 29 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 3370 Hopyard Road. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and can be purchased online at

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