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Holocaust museum to commemorate Kristallnacht

The Florida Holocaust Museum in downtown St. Petersburg is planning to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht with a special service and candle-lighting ceremony with Holocaust survivors on Friday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m.

The museum will also offer free admission all day to help citizens remember the events of the night of Nov. 9 and morning of Nov. 10, 1938, when a pogrom against Jews throughout Germany, Austria and other areas under German control was carried out by Stormtroopers and German civilians. German authorities looked on without intervening as Jewish synagogues, homes, hospitals and businesses were damaged or destroyed and some Jews – estimates range from about 100 to much higher – were killed.

The event gets its name from the German term Kristallnacht, meaning night of the broken glass. The event was seen as the beginning of the Nazi’s “Final Solution.”

The public is invited to the service. The museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S. For more information, call (727) 820-0100.

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