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The Night of Broken Glass

Krystalnach, Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass, whatever you call it pure devastation was set on the night of November 9, 1938- November 10, 1938. Another World War had started in 1935 and now the true discrimination of the Jews was ready to begin. Overall a total of 83 people were killed, 815 shops were destroyed, 195 synagogues were set on fire, and after roughly 30,000 men were sent to labor camps.

What started all this you may ask? On November 7 Herschel Grynszpan a jewish teenager from Germany shot Ernst vom Rath a German Diplomat in Paris. All of Grynszpan’s anger started when his parents had been exiled to Poland. All of this angered him so much that he thought he would get back at the Germans, so on November 7, 1938 Grynszpan started what would lead up to “The Final Solution” where all Jews would be gassed or killed.

After this event the most important thing for us to do is to remember it, and keep telling these stories to prevent something like this from ever happening again. That is why there are now over 70 holocaust remembrance museums throughout the world. So next November remember Krystalnach and all of the events that followed after that would change our world forever.