Kristallnacht, also known as the Night of the Broken Glass, was a series of coordinated attacks by the Nazi regime. On November 9th and 10th of 1938, Hitler sent his Nazis to vandalize synagogues and Jewish-owned shops. The results were disastrous. Amidst the chaos, nearly 100 Jews died. Not only did the Nazis burn down approximately 300 synagogues, they prevented the local fire departments from putting out the fires. Homes of countless Jews and an estimated 7500 Jewish-owned stores were broken into on these two nights. Jews were dragged out into the streets, soon finding themselves being taken to concentration camps; 30, 000 Jews were rounded up and brought by force to these camps. These Jews were encouraged by the Nazis to either leave Germany or suffer inside the death camps. In the aftermath of this event, broken pieces of glass lay everywhere from the destroyed homes, stores, and places of worship. As violent as these two nights were, Kristallnacht was only a foreshadowing of the struggles to come later on during World War Two.
After the chaos of Kristallnacht, many businesses were left like the one in the picture above. This German man looks at a damaged Jewish shop, regarding how the Germans were thorough in their raids. Most of the items sold in this store were stolen by the Nazis during Kristallnacht. The above picture shows the obvious confusion left after this event, and how peace was literally shattered as a result.
This video is a clip about a World War II Holocaust memorial. This memorial will be dedicated to the Jews who died during the Nazi's reign in Germany, keeping in mind those who died during the Kristallnacht. This particular news report, though short, shows how the world still wants to make up for the loss of the Jewish people. By creating a memorial to commemorate the Jews who have died, we are able to remember the horrors of World War II so we may never repeat them.
As these Germans walk downtown, they look over the damage done during the Kristallnacht. This picture shows the extent some of the Nazis went to in order to destroy businesses, especially Jewish-owned shops. Many Germans were forced to look for other stores in order to buy goods, or unfortunately were unable to find it in any open store after Kristallnacht.
This picture shows the oldest son of the house trying to stop the Nazis from harming his family. The scene depicts how the Nazis broke into Jewish homes and forced entire families into concentration camps. They tore apart families during the Kristallnacht, but this son put up a fight. It portrays how frightened the Jews were by the chaos during Kristallnacht, and also the cruelty of the Nazis.
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