German civilians and paramilitary groups took to the streets, wielding sledgehammers and ransacking Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools. This was Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, and when the sun rose on November 10th, ninety-one Jews lay dead, and thirty thousand more had been arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps. Thousands of synagogues had been burned and over seven thousand Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged.
Five hundred miles away in the Netherlands, a nine year old girl sat down to dinner with her parents. She couldn’t know that the actions of that night and the hatred of the Nazi party would spread across Europe, or that four years later she and her family would live hidden in the small annex above her father’s office. She couldn’t know that the journal she wrote in each night would become one of the most-read books in the world. Her name was Annelies Marie Frank, though the world would come to know her as Anne.
On Sunday, November 10th, 2013 at 3:00pm the San Antonio Mastersingers, official chorus of the San Antonio Symphony, and the Holocaust Memorial Museum of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio will present Annelies, a moving cantata by James Whitbourn, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Expertly conducted by Dr. John Silantien, Annelies captures both the solemnity and the hope of the young girl’s words. Your support of this evening of music and remembrance will benefit the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s educational programs, and ensure that Anne Frank and all those lost to Hitler’s hate are never forgotten.
The event will be held in the Holzman Auditorium of the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community. General Admission is $25 per person, with VIP seating available for $50.