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Kristallnacht Reads

On Nov. 7, 1938, German diplomat Ernst vom Rath was fatally shot in Paris by 17-year-old Herschel Grynszpan, a Polish Jew. Grynszpan and his family had been among the estimated 12,000 Polish Jews arrested, stripped of their property and deported from Germany in October 1938. By shooting vom Rath, Grynszpan sought to alert the world to the grave situation in Germany under Adolf Hitler.

Veterans History Project

The Library is looking for local veterans who would like to share stories of their service.

Genealogist Tony Kierna is interviewing veterans about their experiences at war for the Veterans History Project. This initiative of the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

War of the Worlds Reads

“Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program…”

Of the many adaptations of H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic The War of the Worlds (1897), one of the most written about is the 1938 live radio adaptation by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre on the Air. Instead of Martians attacking Victorian England, the 23-year-old Welles set the story in modern day, with newscasters interrupting a music program to describe death and destruction spreading across New Jersey and New York.