The Kristallnacht Project - Putting the pieces back together


Educational Materials

Our educational materials for the Kristallnacht "Putting the Pieces Back Together" Project emphasize the concept of rebuilding after the destruction of Kristallnacht and the Holocaust.  The materials have a particular focus on the synagogues, especially the windows, destroyed during Kristallnacht.

Participants in the Putting the Pieces Back Together Project have the opportunity to learn about a synagogue that was rebuilt after the destruction of Kristallnacht, while literally putting glass or paper pieces together to create a beautiful piece of Judaic art.

Our materials are designed to supplement materials you may already be using for Holocaust remembrance events and are made available to you free of charge.

1) A Historical Overview of Kristallnacht, adapted from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

2) The Story of the Destruction and Rebuilding of the Semper Synagogue - A powerful story of hope and rebuilding.

3) Links to photos and information about other synagogues destroyed during Kristallnacht - coming soon

4) Discussion Questions for your “Putting the Pieces Back Together” activity

5) Activity for children: Tissue Paper Stained Glass Window (Patterns and Directions) - This packet contains templates of synagogue windows once destroyed, allowing participants to recreate and rebuild them.

6) Synagogue research activity for older children and families – coming soon

7) Additional Kristallnacht Resources