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Texas State to host observance of Kristallnacht 80th anniversary

Jayme Blaschke, Director of Media Relations | November 6, 2018

SAN MARCOS – Texas State University will host an observance of the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht at 12:30 p.m. November 9.

The event will be held on Bobcat Trail, between Flowers and Commons Halls. It is free and open to the public. 

Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, marked a violent escalation against Jewish people by Nazi Germany. On Nov. 9, 1938, Nazis launched a campaign to terrorize Jews and destroy Jewish-owned businesses. The escalation of violence was a continuation of anti-Semitic policies instituted in 1933 and resulted in thousands of people being sent to concentration camps. 

During the observance, the Texas State community will come together in remembrance of the event and stand against current anti-Semitism and hate. In addition to a moment of silence and open dialogue, speakers include Louie Dean Valencia, assistant professor in the Department of History; Margaret Menninger, associate professor in the Department of History; and Rebecca Raphael, professor in the Department of Philosophy.

For more information, contact Louie Dean Valencia at (512) 245-2103 or


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Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,694 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 188,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world. Designated an Emerging Research University by the State of Texas, Texas State is classified under “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity,” the second-highest designation for research institutions under the Carnegie classification system.

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922