WC Jews reflect on the 65th anniversary of the start of the Holocaust
Jews around Westchester remembered Kristallnacht Sunday, a day that changed history. Sixty-five years ago Sunday was the start of the Holocaust, where more than six million people were killed.Thousands of Jewish businesses, synagogues and homes in Germany were destroyed in a waive of anti-Semitic violence on November 9, 1938. It was called the "night of broken glass."The anniversary comes at a time when anti-Semitic incidents have been re-surfacing in the Westchester area. A car in Yonkers was spray painted with a Nazi swastika near a Jewish center last month. Leaflets advocating the greatness of Adolf Hitler were dropped on Greenburgh lawns on Halloween. And the front door of a Sleepy Hollow home was covered with anti-Semitic graffiti this week.Helene Alalouf runs the Holocaust program at the Midchester Jewish Center. She said unlike German citizens who stood by 65 years ago, people in Westchester are taking action right away. The Midchester Jewish Center in Yonkers is holding a Kristallnacht remembrance program on Monday night.