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November Pogrom 1938 Commemoration Collection

Identifier: AR 6342

Scope and Content Note

This collection highlights an array of cultural events marking the fiftieth anniversary of Kristallnacht, which occurred on November 9-10, 1938. Commemorations took place internationally and this collection contains materials generated by nations, states and cities in Europe, North America and the Middle East. Communities across the globe observed the anniversary with memorial services, lectures, special publications, archival exhibits, art installations, film screenings, concerts and media broadcasts. This collection contains newspaper clippings, memoirs, and booklets. There are brochures and leaflets for exhibitions in museums, archives and libraries. There are printed programs for concerts and lectures. Transcripts of speeches can also be found in this collection.


  • Creation: 1986-2001
  • Creation: Majority of material found within November 1988

Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English with some Hebrew, French and Italian.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Historical Note

Pogroms against Jews, known as Kristallnacht (“night of broken glass”), occurred under the auspices of the Third Reich on November 9 - 10, 1938. The fiftieth anniversary of Kristallnacht in 1988 prompted global commemorations that were hosted by governments, religious organizations, historical societies, academic institutions and other civic groups and a vast array of materials were generated in conjunction with these commemorations.

Several individuals assembled and donated the materials that comprise this collection. Some individuals contributed their personal memoirs: Manfred Berger, Fred (Manfred) Ederer, Henry Landman, Otto S. Leib, Ernest Loeb, Ernest L. Oppenheim and Walter Schnell. A transcript of a lecture was submitted by Hermann E. Simon. Other materials were contributed by the following individuals: Miriam Gerber, Carol Herselle Krinsky, Elizabeth Lunau, Alfred Moos, and Frederick Rose.


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This collection contains clippings and other published materials, as well as transcripts of speeches and memoirs that were produced in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Kristallnacht, which occurred on November 9-10, 1938. Commemorations were held at the sites of pogroms, as well as by the international community.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized in its entirety. Access to folders containing newspaper clippings is limited to on-site access only due to copyright. Researchers with questions regarding suppressed materials may contact the LBI Archivist at

Related Material

The Leo Baeck Institute houses memoirs, oral histories, photographs and other archival collections pertaining to Kristallnacht. Images of destroyed Jewish businesses and synagogues can be viewed on line by accessing LBI’s webpage.

The Fred Ederer Collection, AR 10895, is part of the Austrian Heritage Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute.

LBI Archives holds the following collections:

Otto S. Leib Collection, AR 10220

Papers of Ernest Loeb, AR 6135 / MF 594

Papers of Elizabeth Lunau, AR 6461

Ernest L. Oppenheim Collection, AR 10027 / MF 803

Fred Rose Collection, AR 11289

Papers of Hermann E. Simon, AR 6372 / MF 1033

Separated Material

The following video has been moved to the LBI Audio/Visual collection: “Kristallnacht: Changing the Future by Confronting the Past,” produced by the Evangelical Sisterhood of the Sisters of Mary.

The following serials have been moved to the LBI Library:

“A Remembrance: ‘Kristallnacht’ November 9/10, 1938.” LBI News 56 (Summer/Fall 1988): 1-7.

Dimensions: A Journal of Holocaust Studies (International Center for Holocaust Studies, Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith) 4, no. 2 (1988). Special issue entitled “Kristallnacht Reexamined.”

Pätzold, Kurt. “Der Novemberpogrom 1938.” Archiv Mitteilungen: Zeitschrift für Theorie und Praxis des Archivwesens (Staatliche Archivverwaltung der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik) 38 (May 1988): 145-148.

Guide to the November Pogrom 1938 Commemoration Collection 1986 - 2001 bulk November 1988 AR 6342
Processed by Angela Lawrence
© 2011
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Description is in English.
Described, encoded, and digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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