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"These things come in waves": Kristallnacht in 1938 and where we are 80 years later

On November 9 and 10, 1938, the anti-Jewish restrictions and propaganda that had been smoldering since 1933 burst into violent flame with Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass."

And although it has become commonplace to invoke the Holocaust as a metaphor in many kinds of  discourse, there are disturbing similarities between the culture that evolved from prejudice and antisemitism to silence in the face of 11 million people killed.

The Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Memorial Lecture Series at UMD was established "to remember, with dignity, the lives and sufferings of the victims and to encourage change through the dissemination of truth, justice, and peace."

More information about Kristallnacht and the Holocaust, including exhibitions, collections, academic research, and information about genocide prevention, antisemitism and Holocaust denial is available at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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