Remember – Kristallnacht

On November 9th and 10th, 1938, Kristallnacht (an intense series of attacks on Jews fostered by the Nazi party paramilitary) became known as the “Night of Broken Glass”. The glass storefronts of the Jewish-owned businesses were totally shattered, by both the paramilitary and by local citizens. The interior of Fasanenstrasse Synagogue in Berlin was destroyed, along with so many other structures.

At least 91 Jews were killed in the attacks, and a further 30,000 arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps.[2] Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers.[3] Over 1,000 synagogues were burned (95 in Vienna alone), and over 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged.[4][5]

Seventy four years later, please remember all of the victims of Kristallnacht, and of the Holocaust, during your prayer and quiet time, this Shabbat.

To learn more about Kristallnacht, browse these links:


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Wikipedia

Yad Vashem

Martin Gilbert’s Book – Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction (Making History)

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6 responses to “Remember – Kristallnacht

  1. It’s too bad power problems in our area overlapped with the Kristallnacht anniversary – would have liked to post about those issues. Thankfully, we live in a much better world than our relatives did in 1938 in Germany. At least in our borough, we have great neighbors, great government, and even the local power company did OK. Contrast that with the horrors of 1938.

  2. I did go and look at the links..thank you Lorri….Michelle

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