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Musical Connection Among Jews, Black and American Popular Music Examined

In its second annual remembrance of Kristallnacht, Duquesne University will examine the contributions that the Jewish community has made to American culture and will compare the plights of the European Jew in the Nazi era and the black American slave in the South.

Kristallnacht and the Politics of Swing: Jews, Blacks and American Popular Music in the Nazi Era will showcase music and spoken word in remembrance of the tragic events of the night in 1938 when Nazis raided Jewish storefronts and killed 91 Jews.

“Our program this year takes a brief look Nazi propaganda, at the popular music of that era, and the impact of Kristallnacht (and the Holocaust) on American culture,” said Dr. Dan Burston, chair of the psychology department and co-chair of the Jewish Faculty Forum at Duquesne.

An eyewitness account will be provided by Walter Boninger of Squirrel Hill, cantor and spiritual leader, who was a young Jewish boy living in Europe that night.

Free and open to the public, Kristallnacht is sponsored by the Jewish Faculty Forum, the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Spiritan Campus Ministry. Registration is required as seating is limited. For more information or to register, call 412.396.6388 or visit www.duq.edu/kristallnacht.

Where: PNC Recital Hall, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave.

When: Monday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m.

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