Sunday 17 December 2017

Germany remembers Kristallnacht

A youth with a broom prepares to clear up the broken window glass from a Jewish shop in Berlin.
A youth with a broom prepares to clear up the broken window glass from a Jewish shop in Berlin.
A sculpture of a woman and a child is silhouetted against the water of Schwedsee lake at Nazi death camp Ravensbruck about 62 miles north of Berlin.

Germans across the country are commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass, during which the Nazis staged a wave of attacks on Jews in Germany and Austria.

On November 9 1938, hundreds of synagogues were burned, numerous homes and Jewish-owned stores were ransacked, some 1,000 people were killed and more than 30,000 Jews were sent to concentration camps.

Germans in many cities and towns are holding candle-light vigils, listening to Jewish survivors share memories and meeting to remember the victims of Kristallnacht.

German chancellor Angela Merkel said Kristallnacht "was an event that humiliated Jews in an unbelievable way ... a real low point in German history had been reached".

She called on Germans to never forget the past.

Press Association

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