Witness to Kristallnacht to speak at UNCG

by Jeff Sykes

Schnog speaks at Seymour Johnson AFB in 2014.
US Air Force photo

A man who escaped Nazi oppression in 1938 in the wake of Kristallnacht will speak at UNCG next week about his childhood experiences growing up in Cologne, Germany.Alfred Schnog spent his early childhood in the midst of the Nazi rise to power in Germany. Schnog, who is Jewish, watched as many of his young friends joined the Hitler Youth. As the persecution of Jews intensified during the 1930s, Schnog was an eyewitness to the Kristallnacht violence that occurred on Nov. 9, 1938. Schnog saw his own synagogue burned and watched as Nazis looted Jewish-owned shops. His mother had tickets for the family to leave Germany the next day, and they were able to escape Germany before travel was restricted further.”I was one of the lucky ones, to be able to get out of Germany and escape by the skin of my teeth, just as the doors closed behind me. And I am forever grateful for that,” Schnog said in a press release announcing his appearance in Greensboro.Schnog, who now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, will take part in a panel discussion at 4 p.m. entitled “The Holocaust and Genocides Worldwide: What Have We Learned?” He will then share his personal story of witness and escape at 7 p.m. in the talk “Prelude to Genocide.” The events take place in room 225 Curry Building (auditorium) on the UNCG campus. (Click for map) The sessions are free and open to the public.These events at UNCG are sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, the Department of History, and a Kohler Fund grant from the UNCG International Programs Center. For additional information, go to: