Saturday, November 9, 2013

Kristallnacht - The Night of Broken Glass


 Germans pass by the broken shop window of a Jewish-owned business that was destroyed during Kristallnacht.
 Germans pass by the broken shop window 
of a Jewish-owned business that was destroyed during Kristallnacht.

Kristallnacht or the "Night of Broken Glass" as it is known in English, was a series of vicious attacks against Jews and Jewish-owned property throughout Germany and parts of Austria, that took place exactly 75 years ago on the night of 9/10 November, 1938.

Nearly one hundred Jews were murdered that night, and about 30,000 more arrested and put in concentration camps. More than 1,000 synagogues were burned and more than 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed or damaged.

This atrocity gets its name from the streets covered with broken glass from the shops, homes and synagogues.

Kristallnacht is regarded as the beginning of the "Final Solution" - Hitler's plan to rid the world of Jews. 

After the pogrom the Nazis issued administrative and legal orders that were meant to speed up the "Aryanization" of Germany and opened the way to Holocaust.

To learn more please visit the Yadveshem website

      


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