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Kritallnacht Service

The service began with lighting of candles...

Among the speakers was Hans (Hank) Wilhelm R. Schwab, now of Hyde Park, Chicago:

Speaker Hank R. Swchwab

"One day, in the second week of November 1938 he approached me and said: "Mr.Schwab, you have been very nice to me so I would like to do something for you. Please don't come to work tomorrow! There will be 'spontaneous' riots against the Jews and I do not want you to get hurt."

"The next morning I heard sirens and fire engines and all sort of noise from the street. Since I had inherited from my brother Fred his little motorcycle I just couldn't sit there, so I dressed in my leather jacket and goggles and helmet and leather gloves and took off towards the streets from where all the noise had come..."

Read more about speaker Hank R. Schwab at his website.

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Kristallnacht Service of Remembrance and Commitment

November 8, 2011

Service of Remembrance and Commitment in Observance of Kristallnacht, 9-10 November 1938.

This annual special service is planned by LSTC's Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture, Drs. Klaus-Peter Adam and  Esther Menn. A cantor from a local synagogue helps lead the service and the homily is given by a rabbi from the Chicago area. LSTC Hebrew students recite, in Hebrew, a psalm of lament. The assembly repents the long history of anti-Semitism in the Lutheran church and pledges religious tolerance. In 2011 LSTC manager Paul Knutson created the following video from the event. The service is scheduled again for November 8, 2012 at 11 a.m. For more information contact the Rev. Dr. Klaus-Peter Adam at

Part 1 of presentation at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, November 8, 2011. Klaus Peter Adam, associate professor of Old Testament, introduces Hank R. Schwab, resident of Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois, who begins the story of Kristallnacht. Parts 2 and 3 continue the recounting of Kristallnacht by Mr. Schwab. Part 3 includes images from the service interwoven within the presentation.

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Our thanks to Paul Knutson for shooting and editing these videos.


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