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Concert: the National Youth Orchestra of Germany remembers the Night of Broken Glass—11.10.18

By Taymaz Valley on November 7, 2018

Some of Germany’s youngest and most inspirational musicians will be performing in Ottawa this year for the remembrance of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, 80 years after the devastating event reshaped Germany and shocked the world. This special commemorative concert is in remembrance of the terror and violence faced by Germany’s Jewish population at the hands of the Nazis, including the widespread destruction of Jewish businesses and synagogues on the night of November 9th, 1938, Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass.

National Youth Orchestra of Germany at Musikfest der Berliner Philharmoniker, Osterfestspiele 2018.

The National Youth Orchestra of Germany, in association with Embassy of Germany to Canada, will hold this special commemorative concert at Southminster United Church on November 10th. The concert will feature specially picked pieces of music and includes special guests who will highlight the importance of remembering this day 80 years on.

On the night of November 9th, 1938, supporters of Nazi government destroyed and looted Jewish businesses; torched and damaged synagogues; vandalized Jewish homes, hospitals and schools; and killed at least 91 German Jews. In the aftermath, Nazis proceeded to round up close to 30,000 Jewish men who were sent to concentration camps. It was truly two of the darkest days in German history, and the photographs of these crimes against the innocent Jewish population were widely distributed outside of Germany, prompting many, including some prominent newspapers, to admit they had been underestimating the dangers of the Nazi ideology.

This special commemorative concert is in remembrance of the terror and violence faced by Germany’s Jewish population at the hands of the Nazis. Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella will speak at the concert, and the young musicians will introduce the songs they chose for the concert, explaining the meaning of each. Special guests also include Constanze Beckmann on piano, Atis Bankas on violin and Cantor Jason Green.


The National Youth Orchestra of Germany remembers the Night of Broken Glass 80 Years Ago. It will be held at Southminster United Church, 15 Alymer Avenue, on November 10th at 6:30pm. Tickets are free and can be reserved online.