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This Day in History–Kristellnacht

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 9, 2008


Kristellnacht, The Night of Broken Glass, occurred on this day, November 9, 1938. This was one of the defining moments of the Holocaust. It was represented by the Nazis as a spontaneous response by Germans resulting from a Jewish crime, the shooting of a low-level Nazi diplomat in Paris, Ernst von Rath, by a German Jew, Herschel Grynszpan. Actually, the event had been ordered a day in advance and a list of those to be attacked had been planned for months. During Kristellnacht, over 90 Jews were killed, more than 30,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps, and at least 7,000 businesses and over 1,000 synagogues were looted and destroyed. For more information on this event, you can read an article here.

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