Today in History

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  1. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Nazis launch Kristallnacht
    • On this day in 1938, in an event that would foreshadow the Holocaust, German Nazis launch a campaign of terror against Jewish people and their homes and businesses in Germany and Austria. The violence, which continued through November 10 and was later dubbed Kristallnacht,” or “Night of Broken Glass,” after the countless smashed windows of Jewish-owned establishments, left approximately 100 Jews dead, 7,500 Jewish businesses damaged and hundreds of synagogues, homes, schools and graveyards vandalized. An estimated 30,000 Jewish men were arrested, many of whom were then sent to concentration camps for several months; they were released when they promised to leave Germany. Kristallnacht represented a dramatic escalation of the campaign started by Adolf Hitler in 1933 when he became chancellor to purge Germany of its Jewish population.

      The Nazis used the murder of a low-level German diplomat in Paris by a 17-year-old Polish Jew as an excuse to carry out the Kristallnacht attacks. On November 7, 1938, Ernst vom Rath was shot outside the German embassy by Herschel Grynszpan, who wanted revenge for his parents’ sudden deportation from Germany to Poland, along with tens of thousands of other Polish Jews. Following vom Rath’s death, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbelsordered German storm troopers to carry out violent riots disguised as “spontaneous demonstrations” against Jewish citizens. Local police and fire departments were told not to interfere. In the face of all the devastation, some Jews, including entire families, committed suicide.

    • In the aftermath of Kristallnacht, the Nazis blamed the Jews and fined them 1 billion marks (or $400 million in 1938 dollars) for vom Rath’s death. As repayment, the government seized Jewish property and kept insurance money owed to Jewish people. In its quest to create a master Aryan race, the Nazi government enacted further discriminatory policies that essentially excluded Jews from all aspects of public life.

      Over 100,000 Jews fled Germany for other countries after Kristallnacht. The international community was outraged by the violent events of November 9 and 10. Some countries broke off diplomatic relations in protest, but the Nazis suffered no serious consequences, leading them to believe they could get away with the mass murder that was the Holocaust, in which an estimated 6 million European Jews died.

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  2. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    Ed, again thanks for the post .its important we never forget.
     

  3. Bro. Pappaw

    Bro. Pappaw Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2016
    Yes.Thank you.
     
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  4. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    Thanks Ed!

    It is disturbing to note the similarities between Germany of the 1930's and some of the incidents going on in the US right now.
     
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  5. john_anch_ak

    john_anch_ak Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 7, 2017
    Thank you sir. We can never forget what the Nazi's did to the Jewish folks and anyone else who disagreed with them. The world stood by and watched and did nothing until it was them in the Nazi cross hairs, and then it was too late.
     
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  6. isialk

    isialk Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jan 7, 2017
    Thanks for posting limbkiller. My mother was an exchange student in Germany in 1938. She was living with the family of a judge. He was not a member of the Nazi party. All American exchange students were “politely asked” to leave the country earlier in March of 1938 after the Anschluss or annexation of Austria by Germany. She wanted to stay and the judge attempted to intercede but not surprisingly the US government would not allow this. The US like some other nations protested the Anschluss as it was a violation of the Treaty of Versailles, but took no other action. The stone quarry at Mauthausen-Gusen would soon have a plentiful supply of masons and laborers.


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