Memories of Kristallnacht and Beyond: Five Years Forced Labor

The Holocaust Living Workshop presents:

Memories of Kristallnacht and Beyond: Five Years Forced Labor

When the Nazis unleashed the pogrom that came to be known as Kristallnacht (Crystal Night), Gerhard Maschkowski was barely fourteen years old.  The son of a WW I veteran blinded in combat, Gerhard grew up in West Prussian Elbing where he experienced prejudice and persecution firsthand. In the wake of Kristallnacht, he spent several stints in the forced labor camps of Jessenmühle and Neuendorf. From here he was deported to Auschwitz-Monowitz where he worked variously in a cement and an electricians’ detachment. After barely surviving a grueling death march, he ended up in a hospital in Breslau, which the Russians liberated in early May 1945. In commemoration of the horrifying event that started it all (Nov. 9, 1938), Maschkowski will share the impact these events have had on his life.

Professor Richard Biernacki offers some introductory remarks from the perspective of the sociologist.

When: Wednesday Nov. 9, 2011, 5-7 pm

Where: UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Who: Free and Open to the Public – Refreshments Provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at or 858-534-7661.

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