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Commemorating a Tragic Day

My mom, aunt and grandparents made sure that my siblings and I knew about our family’s Kristallnacht experiences, which, for our family, had a far different conclusion than it did for so many others who met their horrific end that day and through the events that soon transpired. Our family’s good fortune was the exception, as we all know about the tragic outcome suffered by tens of thousands of German and Austrian Jews, let alone millions in other parts of Europe, particularly in countries such as Poland, Hungary and other parts of Eastern Europe. On this day, the 75thAnniversary of this fateful and tragic day, I write this piece in part to honor my mother and our extended family, and also to commemorate the less fortunate Jews and other Holocaust victims of Europe who suffered and lost their homes, their dignity and their lives. Finally, let’s recognize that reflections about Krystallnacht and the Holocaust should cause us to bring focus to more than just the Jewish victims, but to all who are systematically oppressed throughout the world by senseless, brutal domination.
Posted by Mike G on November 09, 2013 |

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Mike has a long term relationship with Rogers Park, having lived here at various times in his life, most recently returning to the neighborhood in August, 2009. While living here as a third year law student, he remembers drunken nights at Biddy Mulligan’s and hosting a couple of memorable parties that he, hypocritically, now forbids his own tenants from having. Years later, after completing his stint as a lawyer, Mike started investing in apartment buildings in Rogers Park (and elsewhere), and soon after, did what many newly divorced real estate investors do: he moved into one of his buildings. In 1992 Mike was one of the founding members of the Rogers Park Builders Group, an organization that he eventually headed for six years, until yielding those reigns three years ago. Around a decade ago, on a whim, he reserved the web site “,” which he has been developing ever since, and which co-hosts RP BizArts networking events. Mike is the proud father of three wonderful children, Amy, Mitch and Ella.

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