Holocaust Survivor Speaks on 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

Denver, CO – Kavod Senior Life and the Mizel Museum will be hosting a special event on Tuesday, November 13 at 5:30pm at the Kavod campus, 22 S. Adams Street. Osi Sladek, a Holocaust survivor from Czechoslovakia, will present a talk called “Eyewitness to History” a few days after the 80th anniversary of “Krystallnacht”, which officially happened on November 9, 1938.

Kristallnacht refers to the incident when Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. In the aftermath of Kristallnacht (also called the “Night of Broken Glass”) some 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps.

German Jews had been subjected to repressive policies since 1933, when Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) became chancellor of Germany. Prior to Kristallnacht, these Nazi policies had been primarily nonviolent. After Kristallnacht, however, conditions for German Jews grew increasingly worse. During World War II (1939-45), Hitler and the Nazis implemented their so-called “Final Solution” to what they referred to as the “Jewish problem,” and carried out the systematic murder of some 6 million European Jews in what came to be known as the Holocaust.

Mr. Sladek will share his story of being sent to relatives in Hungary, hiding with his family in the Tatra Mountains with little food and shelter until they were liberated by the Russian army in 1945. In 1949, his family moved to Israel, and eventually to the United States. Though he lived in constant fear during the Holocaust, he never lost his faith. His message is one of good overcoming evil. As he tells audiences: “Goodness goes much further than evil in life. Never lose faith. Go on and live a good life.”  

For more details and complimentary parking information, contact Rabbi Booth-Nadav at 720.382.7836.

Event Co-Sponsor Information:
• Kavod Senior Life serves older adults in Denver through affordable housing, wraparound support services and life enrichment activities. Visit www.kavodseniorlife.org.
• Mizel Museum is Denver’s only museum that addresses today’s social justice issues through the lens of Jewish history and values. Visit www.mizelmuseum.org.
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