ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
Despite the fact that Kristallnacht—the Night of Broken Glass, which saw the destruction of thousands of synagogues and Jewish institutions, took place 83 years ago, the world has still not learned the lessons of the past. Attacks on Houses of Worship of all faiths continuously occur, time and time again.
We are proud to continue our Global Campaign of Unity “Let There Be Light,” encouraging all to unite in solidarity against antisemitism, racism, hatred and intolerance by keeping the lights on in Houses of Worship, public institutions and private homes around the world on the night of November 9th.
Since we launched the campaign in 2020, we have reached millions around the world, brought together over 700 Houses of Worship of all faiths and institutions and partners from over 75 countries; and have been featured in over 120 news outlets worldwide. Our message of spreading light over the darkness of hate was displayed on the façade of the Coventry Cathedral in the United Kingdom and on the walls of the Old City in Jerusalem. In addition, we produced a 90-minute educational program, which can be viewed by clicking here.
This year, we are again offering two ways for you to JOIN US in this commemorative initiative: Join the online campaign to keep your lights on in solidarity, and Join our 2021 virtual program, which will remain available for viewing at your convenience after the initial broadcast.
ABOUT THE VIRTUAL PROGRAM
During the most challenging of times, when evil and hatred seem to reign supreme, there have always been those whose light shines through the darkness, through their inspiring acts of courage and bravery. As we commemorate the events of Kristallnacht 1938, we honor the moral heroism and valor of those who resisted evil during the Holocaust and at other times of great mortal peril and danger to humanity.
LET THERE BE LIGHT: Stories of Hope and Humanity to Illuminate the Darkness features stories of humanity at its best during the darkest of times, we hope to inspire others to act courageously and bravely in the face of evil and injustice.
The program will be simulcast on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 8PM ET on the Jewish Broadcasting Service (JBS), MOTL.org, Facebook Live & YouTube. Following the initial broadcast, the video will remain available for viewing online at your convenience.
Presented by International March of the Living and The Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University, in cooperation with USC Shoah Foundation and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.
THE PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE:
- Testimony from survivors of Kristallnacht
- Irwin Cotler, Canada’s Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Fighting anti-Semitism, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
- John J. Farmer Jr., Director of the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University, former Attorney General of New Jersey
- Carl Wilkens, American Christian Missionary and former head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda
- Special presentation to Paul Miller, Founder of the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University, by Natan Sharansky, Human Rights Activist, Chair of ISGAP and Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center
- Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
- Tali Nates, Founder and Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre
- Jessica U. Meir PH.D., NASA Astronaut
- Musical guest Ani Djirdjirian, Actress and Armenian activist; Cantor Aviva Rajsky
- Moderated by Richard D. Heideman, Distinguished Attorney, Author and Human Rights Activist