SJC to Host Kristallnacht Observance

PATCHOGUE, NY – October 19, 2010 - The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life at St. Joseph’s College is pleased to announce that it will hold a Kristallnacht observance featuring Elizabeth Heyn, author of The Teller in the Tale: A Half-Jewish Child in Nazi Germany, on Tuesday, November 9 in the McGann Conference Center on the College’s Long Island Campus.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a kosher buffet, followed by Ms. Heyn’s presentation of her book at 7 p.m. A Kristallnacht memorial service, led by Rabbi Joel Levinson of Temple Beth El in Patchogue, will conclude the observance.

“The purpose of this event is to commemorate the night of Kristallnacht, reach out to the Jewish community in the Patchogue area and raise consciousness among students and the community at large about the horrors of the Holocaust and the dangers of ethnic and religious bigotry,” said Thomas Petriano, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at SJC.

The Teller in the Tale: A Half-Jewish Child in Nazi Germany is the story of a half-Jewish child growing up in Nazi Germany that traces its way through her escape in 1941, just three weeks before the German borders closed, to her coming of age as a refugee in Franco’s Spain and finally to her attempts to become a typical American teenager. This story is rich in the rarely documented details of everyday life for an individual who falls between the cracks of religious and ethnic identity.

This event is open to the public. A $10 fee includes entry and dinner. For more information, contact Thomas Petriano at 631.687.2689 or

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