Kristallnacht… 8th November 1938.  The name ‘Kristallnacht’ comes from shards of glass that covered the streets and buildings from Jewish businesses that were smashed and destroyed and burned by Nazi Soldiers on 8th November 1938.    Recently I attended the 80th anniversary service of remembrance for ‘Kristallnacht’.  It was held in the Great Synagogue opposite Hyde Park in Sydney.  The Premier of New South Wales, The Australian Human Rights Commissioner, and other dignitaries spoke, including a man, Eddie Jaku, now 98 years old who on the night of Kristallnacht was visiting his parents at their home in Leipzig, Germany.   Eddie eloquently shared some of his experience of the years 1938 - 1945 with the congregation.  He was imprisoned in Auschwitz, and, suffered at the hands of his captors.  He made a pact with himself during those exceedingly awful times that he would smile everyday – and he did – and he does.  Eddie said that there was no room for ‘hate’ in the world, that there was no room for the word ‘hate.’  I came away from the service with my plate full of ‘food for thought.’ I wonder what the difference in our lives would be if we stopped and smiled everyday?  Not necessarily at anyone, or anything, but just stopped and smiled…  Blessings  Brian
From Brian’s desk  
Mosman Uniting Church
Serving Mosman since 1877
From Brian’s desk  
Kristallnacht… 8th November 1938.  The name ‘Kristallnacht’ comes from shards of glass that covered the streets and buildings from Jewish businesses that were smashed and destroyed and burned by Nazi Soldiers on 8th November 1938.    Recently I attended the 80th anniversary service of remembrance for ‘Kristallnacht’.  It was held in the Great Synagogue opposite Hyde Park in Sydney.  The Premier of New South Wales, The Australian Human Rights Commissioner, and other dignitaries spoke, including a man, Eddie Jaku, now 98 years old who on the night of Kristallnacht was visiting his parents at their home in Leipzig, Germany.   Eddie eloquently shared some of his experience of the years 1938 - 1945 with the congregation.  He was imprisoned in Auschwitz, and, suffered at the hands of his captors.  He made a pact with himself during those exceedingly awful times that he would smile everyday – and he did – and he does.  Eddie said that there was no room for ‘hate’ in the world, that there was no room for the word ‘hate.’  I came away from the service with my plate full of ‘food for thought.’ I wonder what the difference in our lives would be if we stopped and smiled everyday?  Not necessarily at anyone, or anything, but just stopped and smiled…  Blessings  Brian
Mosman Uniting Church
Serving Mosman since 1877