Kristallnacht Commemoration: Address Unknown

The Council for Holocaust Education will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass, with a reading of Kathrine Pressman Taylor’s short novella of letters Address Unknown on Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sylvan Auditorium of the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center (2021 E 71st Street).

Published in 1938, just prior to Kristallnacht, Taylor’s book was one of the first indictments of Nazism as she developed the story of the relationship between two businessmen, one who has moved back to Germany and one who remains in San Francisco. Taylor decided to write Address Unknown, inspired by a small news article describing American students in Germany who wrote home about Nazi atrocities which many Americans would not accept as true.

In letters written between 1932 and 1934, the book tells the story of Martin Schulz and Max Eisenstein, business partners and friends. Dr. Joseph Bradley, professor of History at the University of Tulsa and member of the Council for Holocaust Education, will introduce Address Unknown with a brief description of the rise of Hitler and the fate of the Jews in Europe. Tulsa actors, Randy Whalen and David Virili will appear as the two businessmen whose relationship deteriorates over time, as the German begins to believe in Adolf Hitler and the American worries about the fate of his sister, a Jewish actress who lives in Germany. Alice Blue and Jack Zanerhaft, co-Vice Chairs of the Council for Holocaust Education, as well as children of Holocaust survivors, will deliver their thoughts about this important anniversary.

Admission is free for this special event. However, seating is limited, and early arrival is suggested to assure seating.