2016-11-07 13:28:11

This week we will commemorate the 78th anniversary of the Novemberpogrome (Kristallnacht).

On November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis staged state sanctioned riots against the Jewish community throughout the German Reich. These events came to be known as Kristallnacht, a reference to the untold numbers of broken windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned stores, community centers, and homes plundered and destroyed during the pogroms. Encouraged by the Nazi regime, the rioters burned or destroyed 267 synagogues, vandalized or looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, and killed at least 91 Jewish people. They also damaged many Jewish cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes as police and fire brigades stood aside. Kristallnacht was a turning point in history.

Visit our website (http://november1938.centropa.org/home) to read how our Austrian interviewees remember the Anschluss of March 12, 1938, the following months, the night of November 9, 1938, and what happened to their families in the days and weeks after.

How will you commemorate these tragic events in your classroom?

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