Thomas Brinkman

Kristallnacht Survivor

This week is the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht – in English it’s known as the night of broken glass. The events of that night mark the beginning of the Holocaust in Europe and one Indiana woman was there.

The evening of Nov. 9, 1938 Ruth Rives was walking through Berlin with her mother, when their conversation was cut short by the sounds of shattering glass bursting into the streets.

“Then I remember the furniture came out of windows, and my mother was smart enough to leave.”

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Masters Student and Marine Corps Veteran
Currently working towards completing a masters in Global Journalism and Mass Communications at Indiana University with anticipated graduation in August 2014.

Studied at universities in Spain, Germany and the United States while completing bachelors degree and commercial pilots license including multi-engine, instrument, and high performance ratings at Purdue University.

Prior fire direction controller for 81mm mortar section and combat tactics instructor within the Marine Corps Infantry.