The Zelikovitz Centre is proud of this work, produced in collaboration with CHES between 2015-2020, while CHES was affiliated with the ZC.

The 2018 Teachers’ Workshop took place Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Temple Israel.

2018 Holocaust Education Month theme: 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

This year marked the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). On November 9, 1938 the worst outbreak of terror and violence since the Nazis came to power against Jews all over Germany, Annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia recently occupied by German armed forces, took place. By the morning of November 10, thousands of Jewish homes and businesses were destroyed, 191 synagogues had been set on fire, and although the exact figure is not known, it is likely that anywhere from over 100 Jews died as a result of the violence. 30,000 Jewish males were arrested and transferred to concentration camps.

This year’s theme for Holocaust Education Month (HEM) was The 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: What Shards Remain? The Teachers’ Workshop theme explored the complexities of Kristallnacht in the classroom and was facilitated by Leora Schaefer director of the Canadian program of Facing History and Ourselves. The teaching strategies and activities which were used by Ms. Schaefer during November 29th Teachers’ Workshop will be available shortly.

Below are links to resources used during the 2018 Teachers’ Workshop. You are encouraged to visit the Facing History and Ourselves website for more educator resources.


1. Kristallnacht PDF

Reading 1: The Night of the Pogrom
Reading 2: A Family Responds to Kristallnacht
Reading 3: Thoroughly Reprehensible Behavior
Reading 4: A Visitor’s Perspective on Kristallnacht
Reading 5: World Responses to Kristallnacht
Reading 6: Opportunism during Kristallnacht

2. Teachers’ Workshop 2018 – Links to videos

3. Teacher’s Workshop 2018 – Quotes on our universe of obligation

Poster for Teachers' Workshop hosted by CHES November 29, 2018