Touro Law to Commemorate Kristallnacht

Guest Speaker Ira Fuchs, Author of Off-Broadway Plan Vilna

November 7, 2018

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center will host a commemorative program remembering Kristallnacht on Wednesday, November 14 at 12:30 pm. The program is being presented by Touro Law’s Jewish Programs Committee and co-sponsored by the Colloquium Committee. The special guest speaker is Ira Fuchs, author of the Off-Broadway play Vilna.

Ira Fuchs, is a lifelong resident of New York City. He graduated with a BA in English from Queens College of CUNY in 1974. While in college he started writing plays that were staged at the original Playwrights Horizons, founded by Bob Moss in a YWCA on Eighth Avenue.

After graduating he spent 45 years as an entrepreneur working with computer technology from mainframes to microcomputers. He has consulted for and with companies such for AT&T and Microsoft. He is the author and publisher of two books on Microsoft’s SharePoint platform.

In 2016 he returned to writing plays and enrolled in a six week play writing workshop at Hollins University where Bob Moss is a faculty member. One assignment was to write a full length play, in three days, based on a news article published that day. In the New York Times was a story about the discovery of an escape tunnel in the Ponar death pits outside of Vilnius. 

Vilna tells the story of Motke Zeidel and Yudi Farber, from the ages of 11 through 28, as they grow up in Vilna during its degradation in the Interwar years and its complete destruction by the Nazis during World War 2. Their encounters with historical people and situations chronicles the heroic perseverance of the Jewish community under extraordinary circumstances.

Kristallnacht, also known as the Night of Broken Glass, was a pogrom against Jews throughout Germany and parts of Austria on November 9 and 10, 1938. Jewish homes were ransacked in numerous German cities along with 8,000 Jewish shops, towns and villages, as civilians and storm troopers destroyed buildings with sledgehammers, leaving the streets covered in smashed glass. Jews were beaten to death; 30,000 Jewish men were taken to concentration camps; and 1,668 synagogues ransacked with 267 set on fire. To many, this planned “spontaneous” event marked the beginning of what would later be called the Holocaust, and thus it is remembered each year for what it meant in Jewish history, and in the history of all civilized people.


Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning experience for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law is dedicated to providing hands-on learning that enables students to gain experience while offering much-needed legal services in the community.

Touro Law, which has an alumni base of more than 6,500, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs where students can earn a degree in 2, 3 or 4 years and provides four areas of concentration Additionally, Touro offers a hybrid, four-year FlexTime Program combining online and on campus learning. Touro Law offers several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates, including a new online LL.M. in Aging & Longevity Law. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

About the Touro College and University System 
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

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