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Tuesday, November 16, 2010


On the night of November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis began a blatant attack on the Jewish population of Germany and Austria. This "Night of Broken Glass" or Kristallnacht resulted in Jewish synagogues, businesses, and homes being destroyed.
Encouraged by the Nazi regime, the rioters burned or destroyed 267 synagogues, vandalized or looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, and killed at least 91 Jewish people. They also damaged many Jewish cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes as police and fire brigades stood aside. Kristallnacht was a turning point in history. The pogroms marked an intensification of Nazi anti-Jewish policy that would culminate in the Holocaust—the systematic, state-sponsored murder of Jews.

From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website.

The USHMM site has several eyewitness videos, including the one below:

We owe it to future generations to never forget.

Look for these books to start, on your next visit to the Library:

The Holocaust Chronicle: A History in Words and Pictures. [940.5318 HOL]

MacDonogh, Giles. 1938: Hitler's Gamble. [943.0862 MAC]

1 comment:

  1. Maybe because I'm a writer, I am suddenly struck by that word Kristallnacht. Maybe the moment at which the thin glass veneer of "civilization" cracked and shattered, also.

    Thanks for the reminder.