Kristallnacht Commemoration: Theodore Bikel's The City of Light
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Based on a short story written by Theodore Bikel shortly before he died in 2015, Aimee Bikel’s book for young readers poignantly recounts moments from Theo’s childhood in Vienna, at first happy memories of family, sweet cakes and holidays, and then darker times, when he experienced and witnessed brutal and violent antisemitism as Nazi influence grew. Set in Vienna in 1937-1938 during Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria and Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass,” a young Jewish boy watches the destruction and violence while hiding behind the curtains with his parents.
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