#Kristallnacht – Wikipedia

Kristallnacht (German pronunciation: [kʁɪsˈtalnaχt]), or the Night of Broken Glass, was a pogrom against Jews carried out by SA paramilitary forces and civilians throughout Nazi Germany on 9–10 November 1938. The German authorities looked on without intervening.[1] 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.[2] The rioters destroyed 267 synagogues throughout Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland.[3] Over 7,000 Jewish businesses were damaged or destroyed,[4][5] and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps.[6] The British historian 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.[2] 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.”[7]The pretext for the attacks was the assassination of the Nazi[8] German diplomat 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 and the murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust.[9]

Source: Kristallnacht – Wikipedia

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