Kristallnacht also known as Night of Broken Glass was an anti-Jewish pogrom in Nazi Germany on November 9th-10th 1938. Kristallnacht was the day Hitler’s final solution “came out of the closet” It is viewed by many historians as the beginning of the final solution, leading towards the genocide of the Holocaust
In a coordinated attack on Jewish people and their property, 99 Jews were murdered and 25,000 to 30,000 were arrested and placed in concentration camps. 267 synagogues were destroyed and thousands of homes and businesses were ransacked. This was done by the Hitler Youth, Gestapo,and the SS. Kristallnacht also served as a pretext and a means for the wholesale confiscation of firearms from German Jews. Kristallnacht was part of a broader Nazi policy of antisemitism and persecution of the Jews.Kristallnacht was followed by further economic and political persecutions.
Tomorrow, through out the world we remember Kristallnach, the night the Nazi’s began the Holocaust in earnest. Its amazing how little has changed in almost seven decades. Arab countries children textbooks are filled with anti Jewish Hatred. Islamic Clerics call for the death of Jews. In Venezuela and Iran leaders are whipping the population into Anti
Semitic fervor. Frankfort Germany’s annual book fair many of the books on display from turkey showed the worst kind of Jewish stereotypes. The Wiesenthal center has warned of major up tics in anti-Semitism in the UK, France and Greece. Polls have shown that a significant part of the world population believes that the Jews were behind 9/11.
The UN continues to demonize Israel as their new way of attacking Jews. This year they ran “Darfur II” a follow up to their anti-Semitic conference of 2001. The second conference had the same theme as the first. The UN investigated the Gaza War and published “The Goldstone Report” a one-sided tome, accusing Israel of War Crimes and Ignoring Hamas Terrorism.
Even in the US ! College campus’ have become a safe haven for anti-Semitic professors. Professors from the U of Chicago and Harvard published a book rousing the stereotype that “Jewish Lobby” controlled the government. The President who was elected last year counts many people who agrees with those professors as his advisers. MSNBC a mainstream news network, has a holocaust denier, Pat Buchanan as its Chief Political Analyst. In January cities such as NY, San Fransisco and Chicago saw protests against the Gaza War, protests that were ripe with Anti-Jewish posters and slogans.
Its sad how very little has changed in 71 years. The world is still a very dangerous place for Jews.