ORT partners March of the Living Kristallnacht memorial initiative


ORT is proud to be partnering with the International March of the Living’s ‘Let There Be Light’ initiative marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht next month.

The campaign encourages solidarity in the fight against antisemitism, racism, hatred and intolerance and calls on members of the public, houses of worship, institutions and organizations to keep a light on in their homes, offices, synagogues and other locations throughout November 9.

As well as committing to ‘shine light over the darkness of hate’, individuals can submit a personal pledge against Jew-hate and racism here: https://kristallnacht.motl.org/

The messages will be projected onto the Walls of the Old City of Jerusalem to mark the Kristallnacht anniversary.

A World ORT spokesman said: “The Let There Be Light initiative is a moving project which reminds us all of the danger of hatred and where it can lead. We are proud to support International March of the Living in this work and urge all across the ORT network to submit a pledge against antisemitism and racism ahead of the Kristallnacht anniversary.”

On November 9, 1938, the Night of Broken Glass saw the destruction of more than 1,400 synagogues and Jewish establishments throughout Nazi Germany.

In a statement, Phyllis Greenberg Heideman and Dr Shmuel Rosenman, respectively President and Chairman of March of the Living, said: “The attack on Jews and Jewish religious institutions on Kristallnacht in 1938 is considered by many to be one of the decisive events that served as a seminal moment leading up to the Holocaust.

“We must use our voices to tell the world that attacks on Jews or any people of any religion, race, color or creed are inexcusable.”

Other partners of Let There Be Light include the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, the American Zionist Movement and Jewish National Fund USA.