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Holocaust survivor speaks April 20

Article Published: Apr. 15, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Ralph Jacobson will present a lecture regarding his childhood in Nazi Germany in the 1930s on Tuesday, April 20, at Appalachian State University.

His talk begins at 7 p.m. in room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. Jacobson will talk about Kristallnacht, which occurred Nov. 9, 1938, and the murder of his father by the Nazis that same year.

Jacobson was 10 years old when Kristallnacht (Crystal Night) occurred.

Known as "the night of broken glass," Kristallnacht is the night when Nazi youth and others destroyed synagogues and looted Jewish businesses across Germany, Austria and other Nazi-controlled areas.

Jacobson and his mother fled Germany for the United States in January 1939. Now a retired attorney, Jacobson speaks to groups across the region about the Holocaust.

For more information, contact Appalachian's Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies at 828-262-2311 or ( , or visit

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