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October 30, 2015

77th anniversary of Kristallnacht – the night of broken glass

In the past, I have written several blog posts with the tag Kristallnacht: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/kristallnacht/

This morning, I read a news article which mentions Kristallnacht:

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2015/oct/29/first-hand-lesson-holocaust-fairfax/

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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On the seventy-seventh anniversary of when supposedly civilized nations lost their collective minds, we are here to learn the lesson – first hand – of what can happen when people just stand by and do nothing.” That was how George Mason University President Dr. Angel Cabrera described the Expressions of the Holocaust event, organized by Mason Hillel, the school’s Jewish life organization, at which he was a guest speaker on Sunday, Oct. 25 [2015].

As he greeted the assembly of thirty Holocaust survivors, families, friends, Hillel members, students and community guests, Cabrera was referring to the upcoming anniversary of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass), the night in 1938 when mob violence (later aided by Nazi Storm Troopers, members of the SS and Hitler Youth) broke out across Germany, Austria and other Nazi controlled areas. By morning, untold numbers of Jews were beaten or murdered. Jewish homes and businesses were looted or destroyed. Hundreds of synagogues were vandalized or burnt to the ground, and some 30,000 Jewish men were arrested to be later sent to concentration camps. Many historians view Kristallnacht as the public ignition point of the Nazis’ determination to rid the Jewish presence from anywhere within their sphere of control and influence.
Groups like Mason Hillel are determined that the lessons of the past are not lost. “This is our third program dedicated to Holocaust education and remembrance,” said Taylor Kreinces, chair of the event. “We will hear memories of our honored guests to better understand their lessons of the Holocaust…to share their experiences and wisdom for future generations.” Kreinces asked participants to take a memory from the event and share it, hoping that they, too, will share. “It’s the only way to ‘never forget.’”

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A group of people stand outside a Jewish-owned shop in an unnamed German town in November 1938, after the Kristallnacht, when Nazis thugs burned and plundered hundreds of Jewish homes, shops and synagogues across the country. November 9th is regarded a historic faithful day in Germany as on the same day in 1918 monarchy in Germany was overthrown, in 1939 it heralded the Holocaust and in 1989 it marked the fall of the Berlin Wall which resulted in the German reunification after 28 years of division. (AP Photos)

A group of people stand outside a Jewish-owned shop in an unnamed German town in November 1938, after the Kristallnacht, when Nazis thugs burned and plundered hundreds of Jewish homes, shops and synagogues across the country. November 9th is regarded a historic faithful day in Germany as on the same day in 1918 monarchy in Germany was overthrown, in 1939 it heralded the Holocaust and in 1989 it marked the fall of the Berlin Wall which resulted in the German reunification after 28 years of division. (AP Photos)

I have blogged about Kristallnacht on several blog posts.

The following quote is from a previous blog post at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/the-famous-jewish-boycott-of-german-goods-in-march-1933/

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When I visited the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, I saw photographs of the German boycott of Jewish stores on April 1, 1933. The caption on one of the photos mentioned that “there was talk of an American boycott of German goods” but didn’t say whether this boycott had actually happened.

An American boycott of German goods had been declared by Rabbi Stephen Wise on March 23, 1933, the same day that the German Congress voted to give Hitler dictatorial powers under the Enabling Act. The German one-day boycott was supposedly intended to stop the news stories of Nazi atrocities which were being printed in Jewish newspapers.

Every Holocaust survivor, who is out on the lecture circuit today, speaking to 5th graders in America, begins his or her talk by telling these gullible young children about how wonderful it was in Germany before that evil monster Hitler came along, and for no reason at all, started Holocausting the innocent Jews, who had never done anything wrong in the entire history of the world.  Oh, the humanity!

I was born in 1933, and when I first heard about the International boycott of German goods, I almost kicked the slats out of my crib. I assumed that every one in the world knew about the International boycott, but apparently I was wrong.

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German man sweeping up broken glass after Kristallnacht

German man sweeping up broken glass after Kristallnacht

The Fasanenstrasse Synagogue in Berlin after it was set on fire by a Nazi mob during the 'Kristallnacht' riots, 9th-11th November 1938. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Fasanenstrasse Synagogue in Berlin after it was set on fire by a Nazi mob during the ‘Kristallnacht’ riots, 9th-11th November 1938. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)