November 9th of this year marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht --- the "Crystal Night" or "Night of Broken Glass" --- which was a series of sudden, violent, and coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria. Beginning on that date in 1938, the SA (a Nazi paramilitary group also known as the "stormtroopers" or "brownshirts") carried out such attacks while German authorities either looked the other way or looked on but did nothing.
On today's show, an interesting discussion with Marc Masurovsky, who co-founded the Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP) in 1997. (He has served as HARP's Director of Research and is also a Board member.) An acknowledged expert in his field, Masurovsky has spent decades looking into various matters related to cultural assets that were looted or else sold under duress during the Holocaust and World War II; he's also served as an expert historian in a class-action lawsuit for Jewish claimants seeking restitution of lost accounts and other liquid assets from Swiss banks.
Tomorrow night (Thursday the 19th) at 7pm, Temple Israel in Tulsa (at 2004 East 22nd Place, near Utica Square) will host the 15th Annual Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration; this year's commemoration is entitled "Why Memory Matters: Israel's Yad Vashem." The featured speaker at this event will be Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, the former director of the Department of the Righteous at Yad Vashem, which is Israel’s Holocaust authority. Dr. Paldiel, who's also our guest today on ST, is a leading authority on rescue during the Holocaust.