Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies Hosts “Night of Broken Glass” Program at Saint Leo Abbey Church

October 29, 2013

On November 12, Saint Leo University will honor the 75th anniversary commemoration of Kristallnacht, or The Night of Broken Glass, with a special program at 1:30 p.m. in the Saint Leo Abbey Church at Saint Leo University.

On the night of November 9, 1938, German Nazis destroyed Jewish houses of worship, businesses and homes. The violence continued into the day of November 10 and, in some places, for several more days. Rioters killed at least 100 Jews, ransacked and looted some 75,000 Jewish businesses, and Jewish hospitals, schools, homes, and cemeteries and sent 30,000 Jewish men to Nazi concentration camps. That event marked the beginning of the Holocaust.

“Catholic Martyrs ‘Brown Priests’ and Jewish Victims: Remembering the 75th Anniversary of ‘The Night of Broken Glass,’” is the theme of the afternoon presentation. Professor Kevin Spicer,C.S.C., is the featured speaker. Father Spicer is the James J. Kenneally Distinguished Professor of History at Stonehill College in Easton, MA and author of Hitler’s Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism and Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler’s Berlin.

The program also features Otto Weitzenkorn, former Saint Leo University trustee, who endured the violence of The Night of Broken Glass and the anti-Jewish measures of the Third Reich.

For more information, please contact Professor Abraham Peck, executive director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, at (352) 588-7298 or

The special event is sponsored by Saint Leo University, Saint Leo University Center for Jewish-Catholic Studies, Florida Holocaust Museum, The Jewish Federation, Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federation, Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, Saint Leo University Ministry, Saint Leo Department of Religion, Theology, and Philosophy, and Saint Leo Criminal Justice Department/Professor Leonard Territo.

Special thanks to Abbot Isaac Camacho and the Saint Leo Benedictine Abbey.