Wednesday, November 09, 2011

They were Nazis, Dude?

Today's history lesson ...

Today is the anniversary of Kristallnacht, "Night of Broken Glass."

73 years ago tonight, November 9th, 1938, many Jews were murdered in Nazi Germany, with some 30,000 sent to concentration camps, and hundreds of synagogues were destroyed.
"Kristallnacht" provided the Nazi government with an opportunity at last to totally remove Jews from German public life. It was the culminating event in a series of anti-Semitic policies set in place since Hitler took power in 1933. (source)

It may have been a culminating event, yet it was also the beginning of Die Endlösung ("The Final Solution") with regard to the Jews in Europe and their extermination, what has come to be called, "The Holocaust."

AND on this day in 1989, East Germany opened the "Berlin wall," the destruction of which soon followed at the hands of the people.

November 9th ... a day marking first German oppression and then later German liberation.



At 17 November, 2011 10:55, Blogger Matt said...

Say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, but at least it's an ethos.


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