Luther's own writings on Jews assisted Hitler's National-Socialists of Germany to gain control of German churches in 1933. "Jews of Luthertown Wittenberg in the Third Reich" bears witness in artifacts and photographs, to the life and systematic destruction of Jews living in Wittenberg from 1933-1945. The free exhibit, in its Chicago premiere in the Grand Hallway at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago from October 23 - November 29, hopes to increase understanding and healing. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is at 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago.
Exhibit-related events include:
Exhibit Opening Reception hosted by the German Consulate of Chicago on Wednesday, October 25 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., LSTC, Grand Hallway.
Remarks by the Exhibit Co-Sponsors, "Remembering Lives: The Jews of Luthertown Wittenberg in the Third Reich," will be presented at 8:00 p.m.
Jewish-Christian Seminar, "Jews and Christians: Germany and Chicago"
Lecture by the Rev. Albrecht Steinhäuser (Director of Communication, Church of Saxony) with remarks by Rabbi Elliot Gertel (Congregation Rodfei Zedek, Chicago) and the Rev. Dr. Terrence Baeder (Zion Lutheran Church, Tinley Park, Ill.), on Tuesday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m., in the LSTC, Common Room. The exhibit is open before and after the event.
Thursday, November 9, LSTC and McCormick Theological Seminary hold a Kristallnacht Remembrance and Commitment Service at 11:00 a.m. in LSTC's Augustana Chapel, followed by a panel discussion, "What Can the Barmen Declaration Teach Us Today?" with Ms. Victoria Barnett (U.S. Holocaust Museum), Dr. Robert Cathey (McCormick Theological Seminary), Dr. Kurt Hendel (LSTC), Dr. Vitor Westhelle (LSTC) at 12:00 noon in the LSTC Common Room.
At 7:30 p.m. on November 9, Ms. Victoria Barnett (U.S. Holocaust Museum), will deliver the lecture, "Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Legacy in a Post-Holocaust World" in LSTC's Common Room.
The exhibit will be open before and after the event
All events are free and open to the public.
"Jews of Luthertown Wittenberg in the Third Reich" is a traveling exhibit created by the Saxony-Anhalt Centre for Political Education and Luther Centre in Wittenberg, Germany. Co-sponsors of the Chicago premiere are the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, McCormick Theological Union, The Catholic-Jewish Studies Program of the Cardinal Bernadin Center at Catholic Theological Union, The German Consulate of Chicago, the Luther Centre in Wittenberg, the Hamburg Sister City Organization and the State Center of Political Education, Saxony-Anhalt.