nazis

It’s been 80 years, but a Ventura County woman remembers it was like it was yesterday. Lee Edwards was just 15 when she became one of some 10,000 mostly Jewish children living in Germany, and other European companies evacuated to Great Britain to avoid the growing Nazi threat. The now 95 year old year old woman says it’s a now almost forgotten story people need to know, so history doesn’t repeat itself.

It’s an almost forgotten event, but it was what many historians consider to be the beginning of the Holocaust. In November of 1938, Jewish synagogues and businesses were vandalized or destroyed, and many people beaten or murdered.

Santa Barbara's Jewish Federation has exhibitions open to the public with the stories of survivors of Kristallnacht, and the Holocaust.