“Everybody — every human being — has the obligation to contribute somehow to this world”

—Edith Carter, Holocaust Survivor

Crystal Night-Maria Lugossy

Unique opportunity to view award-winning art right here in Cincinnati!

 Maria Lugossy’s

Crystal Night

Mayerson Hall
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Now through January 31, 2014!

Crystal Night will be complemented by two other Lugossy works, on loan from private collections.


On Sunday, November 10, 2013 The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education unveiled Maria Lugossy’s exquisite award-winning glass sculpture, Crystal Night, recently acquired by CHHE.

November 10th not only marked the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom, but also this sculpture’s North American debut. Currently being showcased with two other Maria Lugossy pieces on loan from private collections, the exhibit will be on display November 11, 2013 – January 31, 2014 in the lobby of Mayerson Hall on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

In addition to its significance as a piece of art, there was an urgency to get this piece out of Hungary because of rising antisemetism there. Within the last year, the Jewish community in Hungary has seen an enormous rise in hateful acts. This piece meanwhile, sat in a box hidden from the world. Now it can be seen and utilized as an educational tool for all ages right here in Cincinnati! It truly is miraculous that it made it across the world to us.

This premiere marks a new path for CHHE and we hope to reach new audiences through art while incorporating Holocaust education. We are grateful to the many individuals who enabled this artwork to be brought out of Hungary, so it’s artistic and educational value can be cherished and utilized for years to come.  Our initial visionaries include donors who wish to remain anonymous along with David and Nancy Wolf.  With the help of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, several community leaders also stepped forward to support these effort including Paul Heiman in honor of his friend, Werner Coppel, Bunny Meisel, Ted Schwartz, Gary and Loretta Rabiner, and Dick Weiland.

View a video of Maria Lugossy’s unique creative process.