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The pretext for the attacks was the assassination of the Nazi diplomat, Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a 17 year old German born Polish Jew living in Paris.
In the aftermath of Kristallnacht, also called the “Night of Broken Glass,” some 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps. Kristallnacht was a turning point in the history of the Third Reich and paved the way for his “final solution,” the genocide of six million Jews.
That was the heart of the problem of German Jewry: It was so much a part of German society that the Nazi blow hit it from within. Until 1938 my parents never thought of leaving Germany. "There's no way the Germans we live with will continue to do these things. It's only an episode." That was the atmosphere. It was also the atmosphere on Kristallnacht. They couldn't comprehend it. It came as a blow. I remember my mother standing pale and crying… I remember her phoning her gentile friends – she had more gentile friends than Jewish friends – No answer. No one answered her.
Excerpt from the testimony of historian and Holocaust survivor Prof. Zvi Bacharach, who was ten years old when the events of Kristallnacht unfolded in Hanau, Germany. During the pogrom 91 Jews were murdered, more than 1,400 synagogues across Germany and Austria were torched, and Jewish-owned shops and businesses were plundered and destroyed. In addition, the Jews were forced to pay “compensation” for the damage that had been caused and approximately 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps.
November 9th, 2019 marks the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht when Nazis in Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews.
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