If someone were to say it was a 'crystal night', what would you imagine? To me it sounds like a beautiful winter's night where stars are shinning brightly, there is a chill in the air, and frost is beginning to settle.
Unfortunately this is not the case, Crystal Night is a euphemistic translation of Kristallnacht, a horrendous event that took place in Germany and Austria on the 9th & 10th November 1938. On those nights coordinated attacks were made on the Jewish community by SA paramilitary forces. The name comes from the shards of glass littering the street after shop windows had been smashed to pieces.
Over these two days ninety-one Jews were killed and thirty thousand were taken prisoner to concentration camps. As a result, Britain organised a rescue mission know as the Kindertransport (children transport), in which they evacuated nearly ten thousand Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and, Danzig. These children were put into foster care, and often were the only members of the family to survive the Holocaust.
To commemorate the event, Roundhouse Theatre is holding a concert called The Last Train to Tomorrow. Taking place on the 9th November, it feature ten songs composed and conducted by Carl Davis CBE and written by children's author, Hiawyn Oram. The songs will be performed by Finchley Children's Music Group, while the City of London Sinfonia will play Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Overture and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.
Tickets cost between £10 -£50 for adults and £5 - £35 for children.