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Nazi survivors honored in Chicago ceremony

CHICAGO – Chicago-area residents who survived the Nazi regime will be honored at a commemoration of Kristallnacht – a night of terror in 1930s Germany and Austria.

The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago.

The event will feature a screening of “REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home.” The documentary examines Holocaust survivors in Chicago.

Survivors featured in the film – including director Ethan Bensinger – will attend.

The massacre called Kristallnacht – or “The Night of Broken Glass” – occurred Nov. 9 and 10, 1938. Nazis in Germany and Austria rounded up more than 30,000 Jewish men and sent them to concentration camps. They smashed and looted 7,500 Jewish stores, set fire to 267 synagogues and killed about 100 Jews.

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