Never again! This is the sentiment of Jews and non-Jews to one of the bloodiest violence in history. Does your heart wrench when you hear of innocent people suffering because of prejudice or racial discrimination? If so, take part in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the anti-Jewish pogrom named Kristallnacht.
Kristallnacht 2019 will be on Saturday, the 9th of November, 2019.
Kristallnacht is celebrated annually on the 9th of November.
Kristallnacht (English: Crystal Night) is also referred to as “Night of Broken Glass”. It refers to the anti-Jewish pogrom (Russian word: to wreak havoc, to demolish violently) throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on November 9-10, 1938. On the night of November 9, 2013, sounds of shattered broken glass were heard throughout Germany as Jewish synagogues, businesses and homes were destroyed by Nazi Party officials, SA (Storm Troopers) Members and Hitler Youth.
At least 91 Jews were killed, 30,000 were arrested and put in concentration camps, over 1,000 synagogues were burned and about 7, 500 businesses were destroyed. Jewish schools, hospitals and cemeteries were also damaged.
After the Kristallnacht, German officials announced that it happened in response to the assassination of Ernst vom Rath, a German diplomat stationed in Paris. A 17-year-old Polish Jew Herschel Grynszpan shot Rath on November 7, 1938 as revenge because his parents were among the thousands of Polish Jews expelled by German authorities. The German diplomat died two days later.
In various places in the world, Jewish and even non-Jewish people commemorate this day by gathering together. You can participate in the local series of events near. If that is not possible, you can also remember this day at home by:
- Watching films or documentaries portraying the Kristallnacht such as Schindler’s List.
- Listening to music related to it like the album Kristallnacht by John Zorn.
- Reading books about Kristallnacht.
- Search the internet for the history of Kristllnacht and related activities.
Kristallnacht 2020 will be on Monday, the 9th of November, 2020.