The Info List - Kristallnacht

(German pronunciation: [kʁɪsˈtalnaχt]) or the Night of Broken Glass, also called the November Pogrom(s),[1][2] was a pogrom against Jews
carried out by SA paramilitary forces and civilians throughout Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
on 9–10 November 1938. The German authorities looked on without intervening.[3] The name Kristallnacht
("Crystal Night") comes from the shards of broken glass that littered the streets after the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings and synagogues were smashed. Jewish homes, hospitals and schools were ransacked as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers.[4] The rioters destroyed 267 synagogues throughout Germany, Austria
and the Sudetenland.[5] Over 7,000 Jewish businesses were damaged or destroyed,[6][7] and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps.[8] The British historian Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert
wrote that no event in the history of German Jews
between 1933 and 1945 was so widely reported as it was happening, and the accounts from foreign journalists working in Germany sent shockwaves around the world.[4] The Times
The Times
of London observed on 11 November 1938: "No foreign propagandist bent upon blackening Germany before the world could outdo the tale of burnings and beatings, of blackguardly assaults on defenseless and innocent people, which disgraced that country yesterday."[9] The pretext for the attacks was the assassination of the Nazi[10] German diplomat Ernst vom Rath
Ernst vom Rath
by Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year-old German-born Polish Jew
living in Paris. Estimates of fatalities caused by the attacks have varied. Early reports estimated that 91 Jews
had been murdered.[a] Modern analysis of German scholarly sources puts the figure much higher; when deaths from post-arrest maltreatment and subsequent suicides are included, the death toll climbs into the hundreds.[citation needed] Historians view Kristallnacht
as a prelude to the Final Solution
Final Solution
and the murder of six million Jews
during the Holocaust.[11]


1 Background

1.1 Early Nazi persecutions 1.2 Expulsion of Polish Jews
in Germany 1.3 Shooting of vom Rath

2 Pogrom

2.1 Death of vom Rath 2.2 Riots

3 Aftermath 4 Responses to Kristallnacht

4.1 From the Germans 4.2 From the global community

5 Kristallnacht
as a turning point 6 Modern references 7 See also 8 Notes 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

Background[edit] Further information: History of the Jews
in Austria, History of the Jews
in Germany, and Nuremberg Laws Early Nazi persecutions[edit] In the 1920s, most German Jews
were fully integrated into German society as German citizens. They served in the German army and navy and contributed to every field of German business, science and culture.[12] Conditions for the Jews
began to change after the appointment of Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
(the Austrian-born leader of the National Socialist German Workers' Party) as Chancellor of Germany
Chancellor of Germany
on 30 January 1933, and the Enabling Act (23 March 1933) assumption of power by Hitler after the Reichstag fire
Reichstag fire
of 27 February 1933.[13][14] From its inception, Hitler's régime moved quickly to introduce anti-Jewish policies. Nazi propaganda singled out the 500,000 Jews
in Germany, who accounted for only 0.86% of the overall population, as an enemy within who were responsible for Germany's defeat in the First World War and for its subsequent economic disasters, such as the 1920s hyperinflation and Wall Street Crash Great Depression.[15] Beginning in 1933, the German government enacted a series of anti-Jewish laws restricting the rights of German Jews
to earn a living, to enjoy full citizenship and to gain education, including the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service of 7 April 1933, which forbade Jews
to work in the civil service.[16] The subsequent 1935 Nuremberg Laws
Nuremberg Laws
stripped German Jews
of their citizenship and forbade Jews
to marry non-Jewish Germans. These laws resulted in the exclusion of Jews
from German social and political life.[17] Many sought asylum abroad; hundreds of thousands emigrated, but as Chaim Weizmann
Chaim Weizmann
wrote in 1936, "The world seemed to be divided into two parts—those places where the Jews could not live and those where they could not enter."[18] The international Évian Conference
Évian Conference
on 6 July 1938 addressed the issue of Jewish and Gypsy immigration to other countries. By the time the conference took place, more than 250,000 Jews
had fled Germany and Austria, which had been annexed by Germany in March 1938; more than 300,000 German and Austrian Jews
continued to seek refuge and asylum from oppression. As the number of Jews
and Gypsies wanting to leave increased, the restrictions against them grew, with many countries tightening their rules for admission. By 1938, Germany "had entered a new radical phase in anti-Semitic activity".[19] Some historians believe that the Nazi government had been contemplating a planned outbreak of violence against the Jews
and were waiting for an appropriate provocation; there is evidence of this planning dating to 1937.[20] In a 1997 interview, the German historian Hans Mommsen claimed that a major motive for the pogrom was the desire of the Gauleiters of the NSDAP to seize Jewish property and businesses.[21] Mommsen stated:

The need for money by the party organization stemmed from the fact that Franz Xaver Schwarz, the party treasurer, kept the local and regional organizations of the party short of money. In the fall of 1938, the increased pressure on Jewish property nourished the party's ambition, especially since Hjalmar Schacht had been ousted as Reich minister for economics. This, however, was only one aspect of the origin of the November 1938 pogrom. The Polish government threatened to extradite all Jews
who were Polish citizens but would stay in Germany, thus creating a burden of responsibility on the German side. The immediate reaction by the Gestapo
was to push the Polish Jews—16,000 persons—over the borderline, but this measure failed due to the stubbornness of the Polish customs officers. The loss of prestige as a result of this abortive operation called for some sort of compensation. Thus, the overreaction to Herschel Grynszpan's attempt against the diplomat Ernst vom Rath
Ernst vom Rath
came into being and led to the November pogrom. The background of the pogrom was signified by a sharp cleavage of interests between the different agencies of party and state. While the Nazi party was interested in improving its financial strength on the regional and local level by taking over Jewish property, Hermann Göring, in charge of the Four-Year Plan, hoped to acquire access to foreign currency in order to pay for the import of urgently-needed raw material. Heydrich and Himmler were interested in fostering Jewish emigration.[21] The Zionist
leadership in the British Mandate of Palestine wrote in February 1938 that according to "a very reliable private source—one which can be traced back to the highest echelons of the SS leadership", there was "an intention to carry out a genuine and dramatic pogrom in Germany on a large scale in the near future".[22]

Expulsion of Polish Jews
in Germany[edit] Polish Jews
expelled from Germany in late October 1938 In August 1938 the German authorities announced that residence permits for foreigners were being canceled and would have to be renewed.[citation needed] This included German-born Jews
of foreign citizenship. Poland
stated that it would renounce citizenship rights of Polish Jews
living abroad for at least five years after the end of October, effectively making them stateless.[23] In the so-called "Polenaktion", more than 12,000 Polish Jews, among them the philosopher and theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, and future literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki
Marcel Reich-Ranicki
were expelled from Germany on 28 October 1938, on Hitler's orders. They were ordered to leave their homes in a single night and were allowed only one suitcase per person to carry their belongings. As the Jews
were taken away, their remaining possessions were seized as loot both by the Nazi authorities and by their neighbors. The deportees were taken from their homes to railway stations and were put on trains to the Polish border, where Polish border guards sent them back into Germany. This stalemate continued for days in the pouring rain, with the Jews
marching without food or shelter between the borders. Four thousand were granted entry into Poland, but the remaining 8,000 were forced to stay at the border. They waited there in harsh conditions to be allowed to enter Poland. A British newspaper told its readers that hundreds "are reported to be lying about, penniless and deserted, in little villages along the frontier near where they had been driven out by the Gestapo
and left."[24] Conditions in the refugee camps "were so bad that some actually tried to escape back into Germany and were shot", recalled a British woman who was sent to help those who had been expelled.[25]

Shooting of vom Rath[edit] Herschel Grynszpan, 7 November 1938 Ernst vom Rath Among those expelled was the family of Sendel and Riva Grynszpan, Polish Jews
who had emigrated to Germany in 1911 and settled in Hanover, Germany. At the trial of Adolf Eichmann
Adolf Eichmann
in 1961, Sendel Grynszpan recounted the events of their deportation from Hanover
on the night of 27 October 1938: "Then they took us in police trucks, in prisoners' lorries, about 20 men in each truck, and they took us to the railway station. The streets were full of people shouting: 'Juden Raus! Auf Nach Palästina!'" (" Jews
out, out to Palestine!").[26] Their seventeen-year-old son Herschel was living in Paris with an uncle.[11] Herschel received a postcard from his family from the Polish border, describing the family's expulsion: "No one told us what was up, but we realized this was going to be the end ... We haven't a penny. Could you send us something?"[27] He received the postcard on 3 November 1938. On the morning of Monday, 7 November 1938, he purchased a revolver and a box of bullets, then went to the German embassy and asked to see an embassy official. After he was taken to the office of Ernst vom Rath, Grynszpan fired five bullets at Vom Rath, two of which hit him in the abdomen. Vom Rath was a professional diplomat with the Foreign Office who expressed anti-Nazi sympathies, largely based on the Nazis' treatment of the Jews, and was under Gestapo
investigation for being politically unreliable.[28] Grynszpan made no attempt to escape the French police and freely confessed to the shooting. In his pocket, he carried a postcard to his parents with the message, "May God forgive me ... I must protest so that the whole world hears my protest, and that I will do." It is widely assumed that the assassination was politically motivated, but historian Hans-Jürgen Döscher says the shooting may have been the result of a homosexual love affair gone wrong. Grynszpan and vom Rath had become intimate after they met in Le Boeuf sur le Toit, which was a popular meeting place for gay men at the time.[29] The next day, the German government retaliated, barring Jewish children from German state elementary schools, indefinitely suspending Jewish cultural activities, and putting a halt to the publication of Jewish newspapers and magazines, including the three national German Jewish newspapers. A newspaper in Britain described the last move, which cut off the Jewish populace from their leaders, as "intended to disrupt the Jewish community and rob it of the last frail ties which hold it together."[15] Their rights as citizens had been stripped.[30] One of the first legal measures issued was an order by Heinrich Himmler, commander of all German police, forbidding Jews
to possess any weapons whatsoever and imposing a penalty of twenty years confinement in a concentration camp upon every Jew
found in possession of a weapon hereafter.[31]

Pogrom[edit] Death of vom Rath[edit] Telegram
sent by Reinhard Heydrich, 10 November 1938 Ernst Vom Rath died of his wounds on 9 November. Word of his death reached Hitler that evening while he was with several key members of the Nazi party at a dinner commemorating the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. After intense discussions, Hitler left the assembly abruptly without giving his usual address. Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels delivered the speech, in his place, and said that "the Führer
has decided that... demonstrations should not be prepared or organized by the party, but insofar as they erupt spontaneously, they are not to be hampered."[32] The chief party judge Walter Buch
Walter Buch
later stated that the message was clear; with these words, Goebbels had commanded the party leaders to organize a pogrom.[33] Some leading party officials disagreed with Goebbels' actions, fearing the diplomatic crisis it would provoke. Heinrich Himmler
Heinrich Himmler
wrote, "I suppose that it is Goebbels's megalomania...and stupidity which is responsible for starting this operation now, in a particularly difficult diplomatic situation."[34] The Israeli historian Saul Friedländer
Saul Friedländer
believes that Goebbels had personal reasons for wanting to bring about Kristallnacht. Goebbels had recently suffered humiliation for the ineffectiveness of his propaganda campaign during the Sudeten crisis, and was in some disgrace over an affair with a Czech actress, Lída Baarová. Goebbels needed a chance to improve his standing in the eyes of Hitler. At 01:20 am on 10 November 1938, Reinhard Heydrich
Reinhard Heydrich
sent an urgent secret telegram to the Sicherheitspolizei
(Security Police; SiPo) and the Sturmabteilung (SA), containing instructions regarding the riots. This included guidelines for the protection of foreigners and non-Jewish businesses and property. Police were instructed not to interfere with the riots unless the guidelines were violated. Police were also instructed to seize Jewish archives from synagogues and community offices, and to arrest and detain "healthy male Jews, who are not too old", for eventual transfer to (labor) concentration camps.[35]

Riots[edit] Kristallnacht, shop damage in Magdeburg The SA and Hitler Youth
Hitler Youth
shattered the windows of about 7,500 Jewish stores and businesses, hence the appellation Kristallnacht
(Crystal Night), and looted their goods.[36][5] Jewish homes were ransacked all throughout Germany. Although violence against Jews had not been explicitly condoned by the authorities, there were cases of Jews
being beaten or assaulted. Following the violence, police departments recorded a large number of suicides and rapes.[5] The rioters destroyed 267 synagogues throughout Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland.[5] Over 1400 synagogues and prayer rooms,[37] many Jewish cemeteries, more than 7,000 Jewish shops, and 29 department stores were damaged, and in many cases destroyed. More than 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and taken to concentration camps; primarily Dachau, Buchenwald, and Sachsenhausen.[38] The synagogues, some centuries old, were also victims of considerable violence and vandalism, with the tactics the Stormtroops practiced on these and other sacred sites described as "approaching the ghoulish" by the United States
United States
Consul in Leipzig. Tombstones were uprooted and graves violated. Fires were lit, and prayer books, scrolls, artwork and philosophy texts were thrown upon them, and precious buildings were either burned or smashed until unrecognizable. Eric Lucas recalls the destruction of the synagogue that a tiny Jewish community had constructed in a small village only twelve years earlier:

.mw-parser-output .templatequote overflow:hidden;margin:1em 0;padding:0 40px .mw-parser-output .templatequote .templatequotecite line-height:1.5em;text-align:left;padding-left:1.6em;margin-top:0 It did not take long before the first heavy grey stones came tumbling down, and the children of the village amused themselves as they flung stones into the many colored windows. When the first rays of a cold and pale November sun penetrated the heavy dark clouds, the little synagogue was but a heap of stone, broken glass and smashed-up woodwork.[39]

After this, the Jewish community was fined 1 billion Reichsmarks (equivalent to 4 billion 2009 €). In addition, it cost 40 million marks to repair the windows.[40] The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
correspondent, Hugh Greene, wrote of events in Berlin:

Mob law ruled in Berlin throughout the afternoon and evening and hordes of hooligans indulged in an orgy of destruction. I have seen several anti-Jewish outbreaks in Germany during the last five years, but never anything as nauseating as this. Racial hatred and hysteria seemed to have taken complete hold of otherwise decent people. I saw fashionably dressed women clapping their hands and screaming with glee, while respectable middle-class mothers held up their babies to see the "fun".[41]

are being forced to walk with the star of David during the Kristallnacht Many Berliners were however deeply ashamed of the pogrom, and some took great personal risks to offer help. The son of a US consular official heard the janitor of his block cry: "They must have emptied the insane asylums and penitentiaries to find people who'd do things like that!"[42] Tucson News TV channel briefly reported on a 2008 remembrance meeting at a local Jewish congregation. According to eyewitness Esther Harris: "They ripped up the belongings, the books, knocked over furniture, shouted obscenities".[43] Historian Gerhard Weinberg
Gerhard Weinberg
is quoted as saying:

Houses of worship burned down, vandalized, in every community in the country where people either participate or watch.[43] Aftermath[edit] A ruined synagogue in Munich
after Kristallnacht A ruined synagogue in Eisenach
after Kristallnacht Former German kaiser Wilhelm II
Wilhelm II
commented "For the first time, I am ashamed to be German.[44] Göring, who was in favor of expropriating the Jews
rather than destroying Jewish property as had happened in the pogrom, complained directly to Sicherheitspolizei
Chief Heydrich immediately after the events: "I'd rather you had done in two-hundred Jews
than destroy so many valuable assets!" ("Mir wäre lieber gewesen, ihr hättet 200 Juden erschlagen und hättet nicht solche Werte vernichtet!").[45] Göring met with other members of the Nazi leadership on 12 November to plan the next steps after the riot, setting the stage for formal government action. In the transcript of the meeting, Göring said,

I have received a letter written on the Führer's orders requesting that the Jewish question be now, once and for all, coordinated and solved one way or another... I should not want to leave any doubt, gentlemen, as to the aim of today's meeting. We have not come together merely to talk again, but to make decisions, and I implore competent agencies to take all measures for the elimination of the Jew
from the German economy, and to submit them to me.[46] The persecution and economic damage inflicted upon German Jews continued after the pogrom, even as their places of business were ransacked. They were forced to pay Judenvermögensabgabe, a collective fine of one billion marks for the murder of vom Rath (equal to roughly $US 5.5 billion in today's currency), which was levied by the compulsory acquisition of 20% of all Jewish property by the state. Six million Reichsmarks of insurance payments for property damage due to the Jewish community were to be paid to the government instead as "damages to the German Nation".[47] The number of emigrating Jews
surged, as those who were able left the country. In the ten months following Kristallnacht, more than 115,000 Jews
emigrated from the Reich.[48] The majority went to other European countries, the US and Palestine, and at least 14,000 made it to Shanghai, China. As part of government policy, the Nazis seized houses, shops, and other property the émigrés left behind. Many of the destroyed remains of Jewish property plundered during Kristallnacht
were dumped near Brandenburg. In October 2008, this dumpsite was discovered by Yaron Svoray, an investigative journalist. The site, the size of four Association football
Association football
fields, contained an extensive array of personal and ceremonial items looted during the riots against Jewish property and places of worship on the night of 9 November 1938. It is believed the goods were brought by rail to the outskirts of the village and dumped on designated land. Among the items found were glass bottles engraved with the Star of David, mezuzot, painted window sills, and the armrests of chairs found in synagogues, in addition to an ornamental swastika.[49]

Responses to Kristallnacht[edit] From the Germans[edit] The reaction of non-Jewish Germans to Kristallnacht
was varied. Many spectators gathered on the scenes, most of them in silence. The local fire departments confined themselves to prevent the flames from spreading to neighboring buildings. In Berlin, police Lieutenant Otto Bellgardt barred SA troopers from setting the New Synagogue
on fire, earning his superior officer a verbal reprimand from the commissioner.[50]

Portrait of Paul Ehrlich, damaged on Kristallnacht, then restored by a German neighbor The British historian Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert
believes that "many non-Jews resented the round-up",[51] his opinion being supported by German witness Dr. Arthur Flehinger who recalls seeing "people crying while watching from behind their curtains".[52] Rolf Dessauers recalls how a neighbor came forward and restored a portrait of Paul Ehrlich
Paul Ehrlich
that had been "slashed to ribbons" by the Sturmabteilung. "He wanted it to be known that not all Germans supported Kristallnacht."[53] The extent of the damage done on Kristallnacht
was so great that many Germans are said to have expressed their disapproval of it, and to have described it as senseless.[54] In an article released for publication on the evening of 11 November, Goebbels ascribed the events of Kristallnacht
to the "healthy instincts" of the German people. He went on to explain: "The German people are anti-Semitic. It has no desire to have its rights restricted or to be provoked in the future by parasites of the Jewish race."[55] Less than 24 hours after the Kristallnacht
Adolf Hitler made a one-hour long speech in front of a group of journalists where he managed to completely ignore the recent events on everyone's mind. According to Eugene Davidson the reason for this was that Hitler wished to avoid being directly connected to an event that he was aware that many of those present condemned, regardless of Goebbels's unconvincing explanation that Kristallnacht
was caused by popular wrath.[56] Goebbels met the foreign press in the afternoon of 11 November and said that the burning of synagogues and damage to Jewish owned property had been "spontaneous manifestations of indignation against the murder of Herr Vom Rath by the young Jew Grynsban [sic]"[57] In 1938, just after Kristallnacht, the psychologist Michael Müller-Claudius interviewed 41 randomly selected Nazi Party
Nazi Party
members on their attitudes towards racial persecution. Of the interviewed party-members 63% expressed extreme indignation against it, while only 5% expressed approval of racial persecution, the rest being noncommittal.[58] A study conducted in 1933 had then shown that 33% of Nazi Party
Nazi Party
members held no racial prejudice while 13% supported persecution. Sarah Ann Gordon sees two possible reasons for this difference. First, by 1938 large numbers of Germans had joined the Nazi Party
Nazi Party
for pragmatic reasons rather than ideology thus diluting the percentage of rabid antisemites; second, the Kristallnacht
could have caused party members to reject Antisemitism that had been acceptable to them in abstract terms but which they could not support when they saw it concretely enacted.[59] During the Kristallnacht, several Gauleiter
and deputy Gauleiters had refused orders to enact the Kristallnacht, and many leaders of the SA and of the Hitler Youth
Hitler Youth
also openly refused party orders, while expressing disgust.[60] Some Nazis helped Jews
during the Kristallnacht.[60] As it was aware that the German public did not support the Kristallnacht, the propaganda ministry directed the German press to portray opponents of racial persecution as disloyal.[61] The press was also under orders to downplay the Kristallnacht, describing general events at the local level only, with the prohibition against depictions of individual events.[62] In 1939 this was extended to a prohibition on reporting any anti-Jewish measures.[63] The U.S. ambassador to Germany reported:

In view of this being a totalitarian state a surprising characteristic of the situation here is the intensity and scope among German citizens of condemnation of the recent happenings against Jews.[64]

To the consternation of the Nazis, the Kristallnacht
affected public opinion counter to their desires, the peak of opposition against the Nazi racial policies was reached just then, when according to almost all accounts the vast majority of Germans rejected the violence perpetrated against the Jews.[65] Verbal complaints grew rapidly in numbers, and for example, the Duesseldorf branch of the Gestapo
reported a sharp decline in anti-Semitic attitudes among the population.[66] There are many indications of Protestant and Catholic disapproval of racial persecution; for example, anti-Nazi Protestants adopted the Barmen Declaration
Barmen Declaration
in 1934, and the Catholic church had already distributed Pastoral letters critical of Nazi racial ideology, and the Nazi regime expected to encounter organised resistance from it following Kristallnacht.[67] The Catholic leadership however, just as the various Protestant churches, refrained from responding with organised action.[67] While individual Catholics and Protestants took action, the churches as a whole chose silence publicly.[67] Nevertheless, individuals continued to show courage, for example, a Parson paid the medical bills of a Jewish cancer patient and was sentenced to a large fine and several months in prison in 1941, Reformed Church pastor Paul Schneider placed a Nazi sympathizer under church discipline and he was subsequently sent to Buchenwald where he was murdered. A Catholic nun was sentenced to death in 1945 for helping Jews.[67] A Protestant parson spoke out in 1943 and was sent to Dachau concentration camp
Dachau concentration camp
where he died after a few days.[67] Martin Sasse, Nazi Party
Nazi Party
member and bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thuringia, leading member of the Nazi German Christians, one of the schismatic factions of German Protestantism, published a compendium of Martin Luther's writings shortly after the Kristallnacht; Sasse "applauded the burning of the synagogues" and the coincidence of the day, writing in the introduction, "On 10 November 1938, on Luther's birthday, the synagogues are burning in Germany." The German people, he urged, ought to heed these words "of the greatest anti-Semite of his time, the warner of his people against the Jews."[68] Diarmaid MacCulloch
Diarmaid MacCulloch
argued that Luther's 1543 pamphlet, On the Jews
and Their Lies was a "blueprint" for the Kristallnacht.[69]

The front page of The New York Times
The New York Times
of 11 November 1938 refers to the attacks occurring "under the direction of Stormtroopers and Nazi party members," but also said that Goebbels called a stop to it. From the global community[edit] After 1945 some synagogues were restored. This one in Berlin features a plaque, reading "Never forget", a common expression around Berlin Kristallnacht
sparked international outrage. It discredited pro-Nazi movements in Europe
and North America, leading to an eventual decline in their support. Many newspapers condemned Kristallnacht, with some of them comparing it to the murderous pogroms incited by Imperial Russia during the 1880s. The United States
United States
recalled its ambassador (but it did not break off diplomatic relations) while other governments severed diplomatic relations with Germany in protest. The British government approved the Kindertransport
program for refugee children. As such, Kristallnacht
also marked a turning point in relations between Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
and the rest of the world. The brutality of the pogrom, and the Nazi government's deliberate policy of encouraging the violence once it had begun, laid bare the repressive nature and widespread anti-Semitism entrenched in Germany. World opinion thus turned sharply against the Nazi regime, with some politicians calling for war. The private protest against the Germans following Kristallnacht
was held on 6 December 1938. William Cooper, an Aboriginal Australian, led a delegation of the Australian Aboriginal League on a march through Melbourne to the German Consulate to deliver a petition which condemned the "cruel persecution of the Jewish people by the Nazi government of Germany". German officials refused to accept the tendered document.[70] After the Kristallnacht, Salvador Allende, Gabriel González Videla, Marmaduke Grove, Florencio Durán and other members of the Congress of Chile sent a telegram to Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
denouncing the persecution of Jews.[71] A more personal response, in 1939, was the oratorio A Child of Our Time by the English composer Michael Tippett.[72]

as a turning point[edit] Kristallnacht
changed the nature of the Nazi persecution of Jews
from economic, political, and social to physical with beatings, incarceration, and murder; the event is often referred to as the beginning of the Holocaust. In this view, it is described not only as a pogrom but also a critical stage within a process where each step becomes the seed of the next.[73] An account cited that Hitler's green light for Kristallnacht
was made with the belief that it would help him realize his ambition of getting rid of the Jews
in Germany.[73] Prior to this large-scale and organized violence against the Jews, the Nazi's primary objective was to eject them from Germany, leaving their wealth behind.[73] In the words of historian Max Rein in 1988, " Kristallnacht
came...and everything was changed."[74] While November 1938 predated the overt articulation of "the Final Solution", it foreshadowed the genocide to come. Around the time of Kristallnacht, the SS newspaper Das Schwarze Korps
Das Schwarze Korps
called for a "destruction by swords and flames." At a conference on the day after the pogrom, Hermann Göring
Hermann Göring
said: "The Jewish problem will reach its solution if, in anytime soon, we will be drawn into war beyond our border—then it is obvious that we will have to manage a final account with the Jews."[15] Kristallnacht
was also instrumental in changing global opinion. In the United States, for instance, it was this specific incident that came to symbolize Nazism and was the reason the Nazis became associated with evil.[75]

Modern references[edit] Many decades later, association with the Kristallnacht
anniversary was cited as the main reason against choosing 9 November (Schicksalstag), the day the Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
came down in 1989, as the new German national holiday; a different day was chosen (3 October 1990, German reunification). The avant-garde guitarist Gary Lucas's 1988 composition "Verklärte Kristallnacht", which juxtaposes what would become the Israeli national anthem ten years after Kristallnacht, "Hatikvah", with phrases from the German national anthem "Deutschland Über Alles" amid wild electronic shrieks and noise, is intended to be a sonic representation of the horrors of Kristallnacht. It was premiered at the 1988 Berlin Jazz Festival
Berlin Jazz Festival
and received rave reviews. (The title is a reference to Arnold Schoenberg's 1899 work "Verklärte Nacht" that presaged his pioneering work on atonal music; Schoenberg was an Austrian Jew
who would move to the United States
United States
to escape the Nazis).[76] Vice president of the United States
United States
Al Gore in 1989, 30 years ago, predicted global temperature increases of "five degrees Celsius in our lifetimes," and compared these events to Kristallnacht.[77] Kristallnacht
was the inspiration for the 1993 album Kristallnacht
by the composer John Zorn. The German power metal band Masterplan's debut album, Masterplan (2003), features an anti-Nazi song entitled "Crystal Night" as the fourth track. The German band BAP published a song titled "Kristallnaach" in their Cologne
dialect, dealing with the emotions engendered by the Kristallnacht.[78] Kristallnacht
was the inspiration for the 1988 composition Mayn Yngele by the composer Frederic Rzewski, of which he says: "I began writing this piece in November 1988, on the 50th anniversary of the Kristallnacht
... My piece is a reflection on that vanished part of Jewish tradition which so strongly colors, by its absence, the culture of our time".[79] Kristallnacht
was invoked as a reference point on July 16, 2018 by a former Watergate Prosecutor, Jill Wine-Banks, during an MSNBC segment. Her argument was that President Trump's joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin was a performance that would live in infamy much like the attack on Pearl Harbor and Kristallnacht.[80] Kristallnacht
has been referenced both explicitly and implicitly in countless cases of vandalism of Jewish property including the toppling of gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in suburban St. Louis, Missouri,[81] and the two 2017 vandalisms of the New England Holocaust Memorial, as the memorial's founder Steve Ross discusses in his book, From Broken Glass: My Story of Finding Hope in Hitler's Death Camps to Inspire a New Generation.[82] The Sri Lankan Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera
Mangala Samaraweera
also used the term to describe the violence in 2019 against Muslims by Sinhalese nationalists.[83]

See also[edit] Nathan Israel
Department Store Spandau Synagogue November 9 in German history Notes[edit]

^ "Windows of shops owned by Jews
which were broken during a coordinated anti-Jewish demonstration in Berlin, known as Kristallnacht, on November 10, 1938. Nazi authorities turned a blind eye as SA stormtroopers and civilians destroyed storefronts with hammers, leaving the streets covered in pieces of smashed windows. Ninety-one Jews
were killed, and 30,000 Jewish men were taken to concentration camps."[8]


^ Berenbaum, Michael (20 December 2018). "Kristallnacht". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. Retrieved 1 July 2019. Kristallnacht, (German: “Crystal Night”), also called Night of Broken Glass or November Pogroms.mw-parser-output cite.citation font-style:inherit .mw-parser-output .citation q quotes:"""""""'""'" .mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration color:#555 .mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help .mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg/12px-Wikisource-logo.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output code.cs1-code color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit .mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error display:none;font-size:100% .mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error font-size:100% .mw-parser-output .cs1-maint display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em .mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format font-size:95% .mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left padding-left:0.2em .mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right padding-right:0.2em

^ "The November Pogrom
(Kristallnacht)". www.holocaust.org.uk. The National Holocaust Centre and Museum. Retrieved 1 July 2019. The November Pogrom
also has another name, Kristallnacht, which means “Crystal Night”. This Night of Crystal refers to the Night of Broken Glass...

^ "'German Mobs' Vengeance on Jews", The Daily Telegraph, 11 November 1938, cited in Gilbert, Martin (2006). Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction. New York: Harper Collins. p. 42. ISBN 978-0060570835.

^ a b Gilbert 2006, pp. 13–14

^ a b c d "Kristallnacht". www.ushmm.org. Retrieved 19 May 2018.

^ Berenbaum, Michael & Kramer, Arnold (2005). The World Must Know. United States
United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum. p. 49.

^ Gilbert 2006, pp. 30–33

^ a b Taylor, Alan (19 June 2011). "World War II: Before the War". The Atlantic.

^ "A Black Day for Germany", The Times, 11 November 1938, cited in Gilbert 2006, p. 41.

^ Schwab, Gerald (1990). The Day the Holocaust Began: The Odyssey of Herschel Grynszpan. Praeger. p. 14. ISBN 9780275935764. ...vom Rath joined the NSDAP (Nazi party) on July 14, 1932, well before Hitler's ascent to power

^ a b Multiple (1998). "Kristallnacht". The Hutchinson Encyclopedia. Hutchinson Encyclopedias (18th ed.). London: Helicon. p. 1,199. ISBN 1-85833-951-0.

^ Goldstein, Joseph (1995). Jewish History in Modern Times. Sussex Academic Press. pp. 43–44. ISBN 978-1-898723-06-6.

^ Trueman, Chris. " Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
– dictatorship". Retrieved 12 March 2008.

^ "Hitler's Enabling Act". Retrieved 12 March 2008.

^ a b c Gilbert 2006, p. 23

^ Cooper, R.M. (1992). Refugee Scholars: Conversations with Tess Simpson. Leeds. p. 31.

^ "The Holocaust". Retrieved 12 March 2008.

^ Manchester Guardian, 23 May 1936, cited in A.J. Sherman, Island Refuge, Britain and the Refugees from the Third Reich, 1933–1939, (London, Elek Books Ltd, 1973), p. 112, also in The Evian Conference — Hitler's Green Light for Genocide
Archived 27 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine, by Annette Shaw

^ Johnson, Eric. The Nazi Terror: Gestapo, Jews
and Ordinary Germans. United States: Basic Books, 1999, p. 117.

^ Friedländer, Saul. Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
and The Jews, volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933–1939, London: Phoenix, 1997, p. 270

^ a b Mommsen, Hans (12 December 1997). "Interview with Hans Mommsen" (PDF). Yad Vashem. Retrieved 6 February 2010.

^ Georg Landauer to Martin Rosenbluth, 8 February 1938, cited in Friedländer, loc. cit.

^ ""Polenaktion" und Pogrome 1938 – "Jetzt rast der Volkszorn. Laufen lassen"". Der Spiegel
Der Spiegel
(in German). 29 October 2018.

^ "Expelled Jews' Dark Outlook". Newspaper article. London: The Times. 1 November 1938. Retrieved 12 March 2008.

^ "Recollections of Rosalind Herzfeld," Jewish Chronicle, 28 September 1979, p. 80; cited in Gilbert, The Holocaust—The Jewish Tragedy, London: William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd, 1986.

^ Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem, p. 228.

^ German State Archives, Potsdam, quoted in Rita Thalmann and Emmanuel Feinermann, Crystal night, 9–10 November 1938, pp. 33, 42.

^ William L. Shirer, The Rise And Fall of the Third Reich, p. 430.

^ Did gay affair provide a catalyst for Kristallnacht? by Kate Connolly, The Guardian, 30 October 2001, "On November 7, 1938, Herschel Grynszpan, a Jew, walked into the German embassy in Paris and shot Ernst vom Rath, a German diplomat. Nazi propagandists condemned the shooting as a terrorist attack to further the cause of the Jewish 'world revolution' and launched the series of attacks known as Kristallnacht. Vom Rath and Grynszpan met in Le Boeuf sur le Toit bar, a popular haunt for gay men in the autumn of 1938 and became intimate."

^ "Nazis Planning Revenge on Jews", News Chronicle, 9 November 1938

^ "Nazis Smash, Loot and Burn Jewish Shops and Temples Until Goebbels Calls Halt", New York Times, 11 November 1938

^ Friedländer, op.cit., p. 113.

^ Walter Buch
Walter Buch
to Goring, 13.2.1939, Michaelis and Schraepler, Ursachen, Vol.12, p. 582 as cited in Friedländer, p. 271.

^ Graml, Anti-Semitism, p. 13 cited in Friedländer, op.cit., p 272

^ "Heydrich's secret instructions regarding the riots in November 1938", (Simon Wiesenthal Center)

^ GermanNotes, " Kristallnacht
- Night of Broken Glass". Archived from the original on 19 April 2005. Retrieved 6 March 2009., retrieved 26 November 2007

^ "Die "Kristallnacht"-Lüge - Die Ereignisse vom 9./10. November 1938 | ZbE". www.zukunft-braucht-erinnerung.de.

^ "The deportation of Regensburg Jews
to Dachau concentration camp" ( Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem
Photo Archives 57659)

^ Lucas, Eric. "The sovereigns", Kibbutz Kfar Blum (Palestine), 1945, p. 171 cited in Gilbert, op.cit., p 67.

^ Raul Hilberg. The Destruction of the European Jews, Third Edition, (Yale Univ. Press, 2003, c1961), Ch.3.

^ Carleton Greene, Hugh. Daily Telegraph, 11 November 1938 cited in "The Road to World War II" Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Western New England College.

^ "The Road to World War II" Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Western New England College.[1]

^ a b " Kristallnacht
Remembered". www.kold.com. Retrieved 17 May 2008.

^ Our German Cousins: Anglo-German Relations in the 19th and 20th Centuries (1974) by John Mander, p. 219

^ Döscher, Hans-Jürgen (2000). "Reichskristallnacht" – Die Novemberpogrome 1938 ("'Reichskristallnacht': The November pogroms of 1938"), Econ, 2000, ISBN 3-612-26753-1, p. 131

^ Conot, Robert. Justice at Nuremberg, New York, NY: Harper and Row, 1983, pp. 164–72.

^ "JudenVermoegersabgabe" (The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies)

^ Jewish emigration from Germany Archived 12 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine (USHMM)

^ Connolly, Kate (22 October 2008). " Kristallnacht
remnants unearthed near Berlin". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 May 2010.

^ Scheer, Regina (1993). "I'm Revier 16 (In precinct No. 16)". Die Hackeschen Höfe. Geschichte und Geschichten Feiner Lebenswelt in der Mitte Berlins (Gesellschaft Hackesche Höfe e.V. (ed.), pp. 78 ed.). Berlin: Argon. ISBN 3-87024-254-X.

^ Gilbert, op. cit., p. 70

^ Dr. Arthur Flehinger, "Flames of Fury", Jewish Chronicle, 9 November 1979, p. 27, cited in Gilbert, loc. cit.

^ Rinde, Meir (2017). "A History of Violence". Distillations. Vol. 3 no. 2. pp. 6–9. Retrieved 18 April 2018.

^ "NEW CAMPAIGN AGAINST JEWS NAZI OUTBREAKS". 11 November 1938. p. 1 – via Trove.

^ Daily Telegraph, 12 November 1938. Cited in Gilbert, Martin. Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction. Harper Collins, 2006, p. 142.

^ Eugene Davidson. The Unmaking of Adolf Hitler. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1996. ISBN 978-0-8262-1045-6. p. 325

^ Guardian archive image of Goebbels foreign press conference: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/11/8/1383904706426/goebbels-001.jpg, retrieved 12 March 2017

^ Müller-Claudius, Michael (1948). Der Antisemitismus und das deutsche Verhangnis. Frankfurt: J. Knecht. pp. 76–77, 175–176.

^ Gordon 1984, pp. 263–264.

^ a b Gordon 1984, p. 266.

^ Gordon 1984, p. 159.

^ Gordon 1984, p. 156.

^ Gordon 1984, p. 157.

^ Gordon 1984, p. 176.

^ Gordon 1984, pp. 180, 207.

^ Gordon 1984, pp. 175–179, 215.

^ a b c d e Gordon 1984, pp. 251, 252, 258, 259.

^ Bernd Nellessen, "Die schweigende Kirche: Katholiken und Judenverfolgung", in Büttner (ed) Die Deutschen und die Judenverfolgung im Dritten Reich, p. 265, cited in Daniel Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners (Vintage, 1997).

^ Diarmaid MacCulloch, Reformation: Europe's House Divided, 1490-1700. New York: Penguin Books Ltd, 2004, pp. 666–67.

^ Miskin, Maayana (8 February 2010). " Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem
to Honor Aborigine". Israel
National News. Retrieved 20 April 2012.

^ " Telegram
protesting against the persecution of Jews
in Germany" (PDF) (in Spanish). El Clarín de Chile's.

^ Lewis, Geraint (May 2010). "Tippett, Sir Michael Kemp". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online edition). doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/69100. Retrieved 29 April 2012. (subscription required)

^ a b c Steinweis, Alan E. (2009). Kristallnacht
1938. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. p. 3. ISBN 9780674036239.

^ Krefeld, Stadt (1988). Ehemalige Krefelder Juden berichten uber ihre Erlebnisse in der sogenannten Reichskristallnacht. Krefelder Juden in Amerika. 3. Cited in Johnson, Eric. Krefeld Stadt Archiv: Basic Books. p. 117.

^ Alexander, Jeffrey (2009). Remembering the Holocaust: A Debate. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 12. ISBN 9780195326222.

^ Seth Rogovoy (20 April 2001). "Gary Lucas: Action guitarist". Berkshire Eagle. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008. A knowing reference to Arnold Schoenberg's "Verklarte Nacht", the piece ironically juxtaposed the Israeli national anthem, "Hatikvah," with phrases from "Deutschland Uber Alles," amid wild electronic shrieks and noise. The next day the papers ran a picture of Lucas with the triumphant headline, "It is Lucas!"

^ ALBERT GORE (19 March 1989). "An Ecological Kristallnacht. Listen". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 February 2019. Scientists now predect our current course will raise world temperatures five degrees Celsius in our lifetimes

^ "BAP Songtexte (German)". Archived from the original on 23 May 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2008.

^ "Mayn Yingele (Rzewski, Frederic)". Retrieved 25 January 2016.

^ "MSNBC hot take: Trump's Putin presser just like 'Pearl Harbor or Kristallnacht'". Herman Cain. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.

^ "St. Louis Jewish cemetery rededicated after gravestones toppled by vandals - Diaspora - Jerusalem Post". www.jpost.com.

^ Reporter, Adam Vaccaro-. "Holocaust Memorial in Boston damaged for second time this summer - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com.

^ "Finance minister slams Judenboykott, Kristallnacht
re-enaction against Muslims in Sri Lanka". www.economynext.com. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.

Further reading[edit] .mw-parser-output .refbegin font-size:90%;margin-bottom:0.5em .mw-parser-output .refbegin-hanging-indents>ul list-style-type:none;margin-left:0 .mw-parser-output .refbegin-hanging-indents>ul>li,.mw-parser-output .refbegin-hanging-indents>dl>dd margin-left:0;padding-left:3.2em;text-indent:-3.2em;list-style:none .mw-parser-output .refbegin-100 font-size:100% Books in English Browning, Christopher R. (2003). Collected Memories: Holocaust History and Postwar Testimony. George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 0-299-18984-8. Mayer, Kurt (2009). My Personal Brush with History. Tacoma: Kurt Mayer, Confluence Books. ISBN 978-0-578-03911-4. Friedlander, Saul (1998). Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
and the Jews: Volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933–1939. New York, NY: Perennial. ISBN 0-06-092878-6. Gilbert, Martin (1986). The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy. London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-216305-5. Gordon, Sarah Ann (1984). Hitler, Germans, and the Jewish Question. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-10162-0. Johnson, Eric J. (1999). Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-04906-0. Mosse, George L. (1978). Toward the Final Solution: A History of European Racism. New York: Howard Fertig. ISBN 0-86527-941-1. Mosse, George L. (2000). Confronting History: A Memoir. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 0-299-16580-9. Mosse, George L. (2003). Nazi Culture: Intellectual, Cultural and Social Life in the Third Reich. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 0-299-19304-7. Mosse, George L. (1999). The Crisis of German Ideology: Intellectual Origins of the Third Reich. New York: Howard Fertig. ISBN 0-86527-426-6. Schwab, Gerald (1990). The day the Holocaust began: the odyssey of Herschel Grynszpan. New York: Praeger. ISBN 0-275-93576-0. Shirer, William L. (1990). The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-72868-7. Yahil, Leni (1990). The Holocaust: the fate of European Jewry, 1932–1945. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-504523-8. Dawidowicz, Lucy (1986). The War Against the Jews: 1933–1945. UK: Bantam. ISBN 978-0-553-34532-2. Steinweis, Alan E. (2009). Kristallnacht
1938. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-03623-9. Books in German Christian Faludi: Die "Juni-Aktion" 1938. Eine Dokumentation zur Radikalisierung der Judenverfolgung. Campus, Frankfurt a. M./New York 2013, ISBN 978-3-593-39823-5 Hans-Dieter Arntz. "Reichskristallnacht". Der Novemberpogrom 1938 auf dem Lande – Gerichtsakten und Zeugenaussagen am Beispiel der Eifel und Voreifel, Helios-Verlag, Aachen 2008, ISBN 978-3-938208-69-4 Döscher, Hans-Jürgen (1988). Reichskristallnacht: Die Novemberpogrome 1938 (in German). Ullstein. ISBN 978-3-550-07495-0. Richter, Hans Peter: "Friedrich" Puffin Books 1970 Kaul, Friedrich Karl; Herschel Feibel Grynszpan (1965). Der Fall des Herschel Grynszpan
Herschel Grynszpan
(in German). Berlin: Akademie-Verl. ISBN Unknown. ASIN B0014NJ88M. Available at Oxford Journals (PDF) Korb, Alexander (2007). Reaktionen der deutschen Bevölkerung auf die Novemberpogrome im Spiegel amtlicher Berichte (in German). Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8364-4823-9. Lauber, Heinz (1981). Judenpogrom: "Reichskristallnacht" November 1938 in Grossdeutschland : Daten, Fakten, Dokumente, Quellentexte, Thesen und Bewertungen (Aktuelles Taschenbuch) (in German). Bleicher. ISBN 3-88350-005-4. Pätzold, Kurt; Runge, Irene (1988). Kristallnacht: Zum Pogrom
1938 (Geschichte) (in German). Köln: Pahl-Rugenstein. ISBN 3-7609-1233-8. Pehle, Walter H. (1988). Der Judenpogrom 1938: Von der "Reichskristallnacht" zum Völkermord (in German). Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag. ISBN 3-596-24386-6. Schultheis, Herbert (1985). Die Reichskristallnacht in Deutschland nach Augenzeugenberichten (Bad Neustadter Beiträge zur Geschichte und Heimatkunde Frankens) (in German). Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale: Rotter Druck und Verlag. ISBN 3-9800482-3-3. Online resources Wroe, David (21 October 2008). "Hitler 'led henchmen' in Kristallnacht riots". Daily Telegraph. Segev, Tom (31 October 2008). "Hitler gave the order". Haaretz. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Rabbi Eliahu Ellis; Rabbi Shmuel Silinsky. "Kristallnacht". Holocaust studies. Aish.com. Retrieved 20 May 2008. "Germany commemorates Nazi era 'Kristallnacht'". CNN.com. 9 November 1998. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008. "What Was Kristallnacht?". THHP Short Essays. The Holocaust
The Holocaust
History Project. 28 November 2003. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008. " Kristallnacht
"Night of Crystal" – "Night of Broken Glass"". Holocaust Prelude. Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team. 2006–2007. Retrieved 20 May 2008. Frieda S. Miller; Vancouver Holocaust Education Center (25 February 2008). "Kristallnacht". From Aryanization to Cultural Loss: The Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry in Germany and Austria. Center for Holocaust & Genocide
Studies, University of Minnesota. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008. "Sitting at Nuremberg, Germany 29th July to 8th August 1946". The Trial of German Major War Criminals Volume 20. The Nizkor Project. 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2008. Allida Black; June Hopkins; et al. (2003). "The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers – Kristallnacht". Teaching Eleanor Roosevelt; Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, New York. US National Park Service archive (nps.gov). Retrieved 20 May 2008. "Kristallnacht: A Nationwide Pogrom, November 9–10, 1938". Holocaust Encyclopedia. US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved 20 May 2008. "Kristallnacht: The November 1938 Pogroms". Online exhibitions, special topics. US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008. Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem
(2004). "Kristallnacht". Yad Vashem's Photo Archives. The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority. Archived from the original on 9 March 2005. Retrieved 21 May 2008.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kristallnacht.

Events Leading Up to Kristallnacht
– What led to the Night of Broken Glass?, by The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education Voices on Antisemitism
Interview with Susan Warsinger from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Synagogues Memorial institute in Jerusalem It Came From Within... 71 Years Since Kristallnacht
– Online exhibition from Yad Vashem, including survivor testimonies, archival footage, photos, and stories "At 7:00 in the morning I was a student, and at 5:00, I was a criminal" – Interview with Miriam Ron, Witness to the Events of Kristallnacht Witness Speech, Kristallnacht, by George Spooner, Holocaust survivor, at Grace United Methodist Church, St. Louis, Missouri, 29 October 2017. vteThe HolocaustBy territory Albania Austria Belarus Belgium Croatia Czech Republic Estonia France Germany Greece Hungary Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg The Netherlands Norway Poland Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Ukraine Lists andtimelines Victims of Nazism Holocaust survivors Sobibór Victims and survivors of Auschwitz Books and other resources Films Depopulated shtetls Nazi concentration camps Nazi ideologues Nazi ghettos Rescuers of Jews Timeline France Norway Treblinka Camps and ghettosConcentration Bergen-Belsen Bogdanovka Buchenwald Dachau Danica Đakovo Flossenbürg Gonars Gospić Gross-Rosen Herzogenbusch Jadovno Janowska Kaiserwald Kaufering Kraków-Płaszów Kruščica Lobor Mauthausen-Gusen Mittelbau-Dora Neuengamme Ravensbrück Sachsenhausen Salaspils Sereď Sisak Stutthof Tenja Topovske Šupe Warsaw Extermination Auschwitz-Birkenau Bełżec Chełmno Jasenovac Majdanek Maly Trostenets Sajmište Slana Sobibor Treblinka Transit .mw-parser-output .smallcaps font-variant:small-caps be Breendonk Mechelen fr Gurs Drancy it Bolzano Borgo San Dalmazzo Risiera di San Sabba nl Amersfoort Schoorl Westerbork Methods Einsatzgruppen Gas van Gas chamber Extermination through labour Human experimentation Nazi units SS-Totenkopfverbände Concentration Camps Inspectorate Politische Abteilung Sanitätswesen GhettosPoland Białystok Kraków Łódź Lublin Lwów Radom Warsaw Elsewhere Budapest Kovno Minsk Riga Theresienstadt Vilna Judenrat Jewish Ghetto Police Reich Association of Jews
in Germany Ústredňa Židov VictimsJewsRoundups fr Izieu Marseille Vel' d'Hiv Pogroms Kristallnacht Bucharest Dorohoi Iaşi Jedwabne Kaunas Lviv Odessa Tykocin Wąsosz "Final Solution" Wannsee Conference Operation Reinhard Holocaust trains Erntefest Extermination camps Einsatzgruppen Babi Yar Kamianets-Podilskyi Ninth Fort Piaśnica Ponary Rumbula Resistance Jewish partisans Ghetto uprisings Warsaw Białystok Częstochowa "Like sheep to the slaughter" Rescue Aid and Rescue Committee Bielski partisans Le Chambon-sur-Lignon Danish underground Working Group Żegota End of World War II Death marches Wola massacre Others Romani people
Romani people
(gypsies) Poles Soviet POWs Slavs in Eastern Europe Homosexuals People with disabilities Serbs Freemasons Jehovah's Witnesses Black people ResponsibilityOrganizations Nazi Party Schutzstaffel
(SS) Reich Security Main Office (RSHA) Sicherheitsdienst
(SD) Waffen-SS Wehrmacht Units Einsatzgruppen Police Regiments Order Police battalions Collaborators Arajs Kommando Lithuanian Security Police Nederlandsche SS Rollkommando Hamann Special
Brigades Topf and Sons Trawnikis Ukrainian Auxiliary Police Ypatingasis būrys Individuals Major perpetrators Nazi ideologues Early elementsAftermathRemembranceEarly elements Nazi racial policy Nazi eugenics Nuremberg Laws Haavara Agreement Madagascar Plan Nisko Plan Forced euthanasia (Action T4) Aftermath Holocaust survivors Bricha Survivor guilt Secondary antisemitism Postwar violence Nuremberg trials Denazification Reparations Holocaust denial trivialization Remembrance Days of remembrance Memorials and museums Academia Righteous Among the Nations Yizkor books

vteNazismOrganisation National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) Sturmabteilung
(SA) Schutzstaffel
(SS) Geheime Staatspolizei (Gestapo) Hitler Youth
Hitler Youth
(HJ) National Socialist Flyers Corps
National Socialist Flyers Corps
(NSFK) National Socialist Motor Corps
National Socialist Motor Corps
(NSKK) League of German Girls
League of German Girls
(BDM) National Socialist League of the Reich for Physical Exercise
National Socialist League of the Reich for Physical Exercise
(NSRL) National Socialist Women's League
National Socialist Women's League
(NSF) Reich Labour Service
Reich Labour Service
(RAD) Werwolf History Early timeline Adolf Hitler's rise to power Machtergreifung Re-armament Nazi Germany Night of the Long Knives Nuremberg Rally Anti-Comintern Pact Kristallnacht World War II Tripartite Pact The Holocaust Nuremberg trials De-Nazification Consequences Ideology Architecture Gleichschaltung Anti-democratic thought Strasserism Hitler's political views Mein Kampf
Mein Kampf
(Hitler) The Myth of the Twentieth Century
The Myth of the Twentieth Century
(Rosenberg) National Socialist Program New Order Preussentum und Sozialismus Propaganda Religious aspects Women in Nazi Germany Race Blood and soil Eugenics Greater Germanic Reich Heim ins Reich Lebensborn Master race Racial policy Religion Atrocites Action T4 Final Solution Human experimentation Porajmos OutsideGermany Arrow Cross Party
Arrow Cross Party
(Hungary) Bulgarian National Socialist Workers Party Czechoslovakia German National Socialist Workers' Party (Czechoslovakia) Sudeten German Party Greek National Socialist Party Hungarian National Socialist Party Liechtenstein German National Movement in Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Homeland Service Nasjonal Samling
Nasjonal Samling
(Norway) National Socialist Movement in the Netherlands National Socialist Bloc (Sweden) National Socialist League
National Socialist League
(UK) National Socialist Movement of Chile National Socialist Workers' Party of Denmark National Unity Party (Canada) Nationalist Liberation Alliance
Nationalist Liberation Alliance
(Argentina) Nazism
in Brazil South Africa Ossewabrandwag
(South Africa) South African Gentile National Socialist Movement Switzerland Eidgenössische Sammlung National Front (Switzerland) National Movement of Switzerland National Union (Switzerland) United States American Nazi Party German American Bund National Socialist Movement Volksdeutsche Bewegung World Union of National Socialists Lists Books by or about Hitler Ideologues Leaders and officials Nazi Party
Nazi Party
members Speeches given by Hitler SS personnel People Adolf Hitler Joseph Goebbels Heinrich Himmler Hermann Göring Erich Ludendorff Martin Bormann Reinhard Heydrich Gregor Strasser Otto Strasser Albert Speer Rudolf Hess Ernst Kaltenbrunner Adolf Eichmann Joachim von Ribbentrop Houston Stewart Chamberlain Alfred Rosenberg Wilhelm Frick Hans Frank Rudolf Höss Josef Mengele Richard Walther Darré Baldur von Schirach Artur Axmann Ernst Röhm Dietrich Eckart Gottfried Feder Ernst Hanfstaengl Julius Streicher Hermann Esser Walther Funk Robert Ley Karl Brandt Wolfram Sievers Roland Freisler Otto Skorzeny Karl Donitz Leonardo Conti Wernher von Braun Fritz Julius Kuhn George Lincoln Rockwell Relatedtopics Esoteric Nazism Far-right politics German resistance Glossary of Nazi Germany Nazi salute Neo-Nazism Social Darwinism Stormfront Swastika Völkisch movement Zweites Buch


vteWorld War II Outline Military engagements Battles Operations Commanders Casualties Conferences GeneralTopics Air warfare of World War II In Europe Blitzkrieg Comparative military ranks Cryptography Declarations of war Diplomacy Home front United States Australian United Kingdom Lend-Lease Manhattan Project Military awards Military equipment Military production Naval history Nazi plunder Opposition Technology Allied cooperation Total war Strategic bombing Puppet states Women Art and World War II Theaters Asia and Pacific China South-East Asia North and Central Pacific South-West Pacific Europe Western Front Eastern Front Mediterranean and Middle East North Africa East Africa Italy West Africa Atlantic North America South America Aftermath Expulsion of Germans Paperclip Osoaviakhim Keelhaul Occupation of Germany Territorial changes of Germany Soviet occupations Romania Poland Hungary Baltic Occupation of Japan First Indochina War Indonesian National Revolution Chinese Civil War Division of Korea Cold War Decolonization Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany War crimes Allied war crimes Soviet war crimes British war crimes United States
United States
war crimes German war crimes forced labour Wehrmacht war crimes The Holocaust Aftermath Response Nuremberg trials Italian war crimes Japanese war crimes Unit 731 Prosecution Croatian war crimes Persecution of Serbs Persecution of Jews Romanian war crimes Sexual violence German military brothels Camp brothels Rape during the occupation of Japan Sook Ching Comfort women Ianjo Rape of Nanking Rape of Manila Rape during the occupation of Germany Rape during the liberation of France Rape during the Soviet occupation of Poland ParticipantsAllies Australia Belgium Brazil Canada China Cuba Czechoslovakia Denmark Ethiopia France Free France Greece India Italy (from September 1943) Luxembourg Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Norway Philippines Poland South Africa Southern Rhodesia Soviet Union Tuva United Kingdom United States Puerto Rico Yugoslavia Axis Albania Bulgaria China Croatia Finland Germany Hungary Free India Iraq Italy (until September 1943 Italian Social Republic Japan Manchukuo Philippines Romania Slovakia Thailand Vichy France Resistance Albania Austria Belgium Bulgaria Czech lands Denmark Estonia Ethiopia France Germany Greece Hong Kong Italy Japan Jews Korea Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malaya Netherlands Northeast China Norway Philippines Poland Romania Thailand Soviet Union Slovakia Western Ukraine Vietnam Yugoslavia POWs Finnish prisoners in the Soviet Union German prisoners in the Soviet Union German prisoners in the United States Italian prisoners in the Soviet Union Japanese prisoners In the Soviet Union Soviet prisoner mistreatment by Germans Polish prisoners in the Soviet Union Romanian prisoners in the Soviet Union Soviet prisoners in Finland TimelinePrelude Africa Asia Europe 1939 Poland Phoney War Winter War Atlantic Changsha China 1940 Weserübung Netherlands Belgium France Armistice of 22 June 1940 Britain North Africa West Africa British Somaliland North China Baltic States Moldova Indochina Greece Compass 1941 East Africa Yugoslavia Shanggao Greece Crete Iraq Soviet Union Finland Lithuania Syria and Lebanon Kiev Iran Leningrad Gorky Moscow Sevastopol Pearl Harbor Hong Kong Philippines Changsha Malaya Borneo (1941–1942) Greek famine of 1941–1944 1942 Burma Changsha Java Sea Coral Sea Gazala Dutch Harbor Attu (occupation) Kiska Zhejiang-Jiangxi Midway Rzhev Blue Stalingrad Singapore Dieppe El Alamein Guadalcanal Torch Chinese famine of 1942–1943 1943 Tunisia Kursk Smolensk Gorky Solomon Islands Attu Sicily Cottage Lower Dnieper Italy Armistice of Cassibile Gilbert and Marshall Islands Burma Northern Burma and Western Yunnan Changde Bengal famine of 1943 Ruzagayura famine of 1943–1944 1944 Monte Cassino / Shingle Narva Korsun–Cherkassy Tempest Ichi-Go Overlord Neptune Normandy Mariana and Palau Bagration Western Ukraine Tannenberg Line Warsaw Eastern Romania Belgrade Paris Dragoon Gothic Line Market Garden Estonia Crossbow Pointblank Lapland Hungary Leyte Ardennes Bodenplatte Philippines (1944–1945) Burma (1944–1945) Dutch famine of 1944–1945 1945 Vistula–Oder Iwo Jima Western invasion of Germany Okinawa Italy (Spring 1945) Borneo Syrmian Front Berlin Czechoslovakia Budapest West Hunan Guangxi Surrender of Germany Project Hula Manchuria Manila Borneo Taipei Atomic bombings Debate Kuril Islands Shumshu Vietnamese famine of 1945 Surrender of Japan End of World War II
World War II
in Asia

Bibliography Category Index Portal

vteMassacres or pogroms against Jews1st – 13th century Alexandrian pogrom (38) The Great Revolt (66–73) Bar Kokhba revolt (132–136) Jewish revolt against Constantius Gallus (351–352) Jewish revolt against Heraclius (614–617) Córdoba massacre (1013) Fez massacre (1033) Granada massacre (1066) Gzerot Tatenu (Rhineland massacres) (1096) Worms massacre Speyer massacre Mainz massacre Ham massacre (1143) Massacres at London and York (1189–1190) Rintfleisch massacres (1298) 14th – 19th century Black Death Jewish persecutions
Black Death Jewish persecutions
(1348–1350) Erfurt massacre (1349) Basel massacre (1349) Speyer massacre (1349) Strasbourg massacre
Strasbourg massacre
(1349) Brussels massacre
Brussels massacre
(1370) 1391 pogroms (1391) 1465 Moroccan revolt (1465) Massacre
of the Assumption (1474) Spanish Inquisition
Spanish Inquisition
(1478) Arles pogrom (1484) Lisbon massacre
Lisbon massacre
(1506) Hebron pogrom (1517) Safed pogrom (1517) Portuguese Inquisition
Portuguese Inquisition
(1536) Chmielnicki massacres (1648–1657) Safed massacre (1660) Mawza Exile
Mawza Exile
(1679) Massacre
of Uman (1768) Hep-Hep riots
Hep-Hep riots
(1819) First Odessa pogrom (1821) Tzfat pogrom (1834) Hebron pogrom (1834) Safed massacre (1838) Allahdad (1839) Damascus affair
Damascus affair
(1840) Second Odessa pogrom (1859) Third Odessa pogrom (1871) Storms in the Negev (1881–1884) Kiev pogrom Warsaw pogrom Fourth Odessa pogrom 20th century1900–1936 Częstochowa pogrom (1902) Kishinev pogrom
Kishinev pogrom
(1903) Zablotov pogrom (1903) Kiev pogrom (1905) Fifth Odessa pogrom (1905) Kishinev pogrom
Kishinev pogrom
(1905) Białystok pogrom
Białystok pogrom
(1906) Siedlce pogrom
Siedlce pogrom
(1906) Shiraz pogrom (1910) The Tritl (1912) Skver pogrom (1917) Lwów pogrom (1918) Lida pogrom (1919) Radomishel pogrom (1919) Justingrad pogrom (1919) Skver pogroms (1919) Zvil pogrom (1919) Pinsk massacre
Pinsk massacre
(1919) Proskurov pogrom
Proskurov pogrom
(1919) The Kiev pogroms (1919) Zavirtcha pogrom (1921) Safed massacre (1929) Hebron massacre (1929) Constantine pogrom (1934) Thrace pogroms (1934) The Bloody Day in Jaffa (1936) Przytyk pogrom
Przytyk pogrom
(1936) 1938–1945 Tiberias massacre (1938) Kristallnacht
(1938) Częstochowa massacre
Częstochowa massacre
(1939) Dynów massacre (1939) Silc massacre (1939) Dorohoi pogrom
Dorohoi pogrom
(1940) Bucharest pogrom (1941) Gabès pogrom (1941) The Farhud
(1941) Kaunas pogrom
Kaunas pogrom
(1941) Iași pogrom
Iași pogrom
(1941) Lviv pogroms
Lviv pogroms
(1941) Jedwabne pogrom
Jedwabne pogrom
(1941) Ponary massacre
Ponary massacre
(1941) Kamianets-Podilskyi massacre
Kamianets-Podilskyi massacre
(1941) Odessa massacre (1941) Kaunas massacre (1941) Rumbula massacre
Rumbula massacre
(1941) The Holocaust
The Holocaust
(1941–1945) Dünamünde Action (1942) Dzyatlava massacre
Dzyatlava massacre
(1942) Sarny Massacre
(1942) Warsaw Ghetto
Warsaw Ghetto
Uprising (1943) Kielce cemetery massacre
Kielce cemetery massacre
(1943) Aktion Erntefest
Aktion Erntefest
(1943) Ardeatine massacre
Ardeatine massacre
(1944) Sărmașu massacre
Sărmașu massacre
(1944) Kremnička and Nemecká massacres
Kremnička and Nemecká massacres
(1944–1945) Topoľčany pogrom
Topoľčany pogrom
(1945) Kraków pogrom
Kraków pogrom
(1945) Kolbasov pogrom (1945) Tripolitania pogrom (1945) Cairo pogrom (1945) 1946–1999 Kielce pogrom
Kielce pogrom
(1946) Kunmadaras pogrom (1946) Miskolc pogrom (1946) Haifa Oil Refinery massacre
Haifa Oil Refinery massacre
(1947) Aden pogrom (1947) Aleppo pogrom (1947) Manama pogrom (1947) Tripoli pogrom (1948) The Djerada (1948) Ben Yehuda Street bombing (1948) Cairo bombings (1948) Kfar Etzion massacre
Kfar Etzion massacre
(1948) Menarsha synagogue attack (1949) Night of the Murdered Poets (1952) Scorpion Pass massacre (1954) Shafrir synagogue shooting (1956) Purge of Polish Jews
(1968) Avivim school bus massacre (1970) Munich
massacre (1972) Lod Airport massacre
Lod Airport massacre
(1972) Ma'alot massacre
Ma'alot massacre
(1974) Kiryat Shmona massacre
Kiryat Shmona massacre
(1974) Ben Yehuda Street bombing (1975) Coastal Road massacre
Coastal Road massacre
(1978) Nahariya massacre (1979) Paris synagogue bombing (1980) Antwerp summer camp attack (1980) Antwerp bombing (1981) Vienna synagogue attack (1981) Goldenberg restaurant massacre (1982) Ras Burqa massacre
Ras Burqa massacre
(1985) Purim stabbing (1989) Cairo bus attack (1990) Crown Heights riot
Crown Heights riot
(1991) AMIA bombing
AMIA bombing
(1994) Dizengoff Street bus bombing
Dizengoff Street bus bombing
(1994) Beit Lid massacre (1995) Purim massacre (1996) Island of Peace massacre
Island of Peace massacre
(1997) Mahane Yehuda Market massacre (1997) Los Angeles Jewish Community Center shooting (1999) 21st century2000–2009 Dolphinarium discotheque massacre
Dolphinarium discotheque massacre
(2001) Sbarro massacre (2001) Ghriba synagogue bombing
Ghriba synagogue bombing
(2002) Bat Mitzvah massacre
Bat Mitzvah massacre
(2002) Yeshivat Beit Yisrael massacre
Yeshivat Beit Yisrael massacre
(2002) Passover massacre
Passover massacre
(2002) Matza restaurant bombing (2002) Hebrew University massacre (2002) Rishon LeZion bombing (2002) Matzuva attack
Matzuva attack
(2002) Istanbul bombings (2003) Tel Aviv Central Bus Station massacre
Tel Aviv Central Bus Station massacre
(2003) Davidka Square bus bombing
Davidka Square bus bombing
(2003) Café Hillel bombing
Café Hillel bombing
(2003) Maxim restaurant massacre (2003) Shmuel HaNavi massacre (2003) Haifa bus massacre (2003) Beersheba bus bombings
Beersheba bus bombings
(2004) Ashdod Port bombings (2004) Seattle Jewish Federation shooting (2006) Tel Aviv shawarma bombing (2006) Mercaz HaRav massacre
Mercaz HaRav massacre
(2008) 2010– Itamar attack
Itamar attack
(2011) Burgas bus bombing (2012) Toulouse and Montauban shootings
Toulouse and Montauban shootings
(2012) Jerusalem synagogue massacre (2014) Overland Park Jewish Community Center shooting
Overland Park Jewish Community Center shooting
(2014) Jewish Museum of Belgium shooting
Jewish Museum of Belgium shooting
(2014) Kosher market siege (2015) Tel Aviv synagogue stabbing (2015) Tel Aviv shooting (2016) Halamish massacre (2017) Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
(2018) Poway synagogue shooting
Poway synagogue shooting

Authority control GND: 4135539-8