70 years ago .......I Can Feel Kristallnacht
A synagogue burns in Siegen, Germany, on November, 10 1938. Kristallnacht, or The Night of Broken Glass, was a large-scale coordinated attack on Jews throughout the German Riech.
[Photo Credit: The Pictorial History of the Holocaust, ed. Yitzhak Arad. New York: Macmillan, 1990.]
Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels urges a Berlin crowd to boycott Jewish businesses. (April 1933) [Photo Credit: U.S. National Archives, William Blye Collection]
Today is Kristallnacht Remembrance Day
The burned-out synagogue of Aachen, Germany,
one of nearly 200 synagogues destroyed during Kristallnacht 1938.
Today is the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Nov. 9-10, 1938. In that 24 hour period, 200 synagogues were destroyed in Germany, thousands of Jewish homes and businesses were raided and ransacked and 20,000-30,000 Jews were arrested and put in concentration camps. It was the beginning of the Holocaust.
In the 1930's, thousands of Americans were supportive of Hitler, even having a Nazi Bund rally in Madison Square Garden in 1939, just as today thousands of Americans are supportive of Obama.
Hal wrote me, "How appropriate that you should show Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Nov. 9-10, 1938. I wonder where the Chaplins are to warn us today? "
70 years ago...
Two-year-old Mania Halef, a Jewish child murdered by the SS during the mass executions at Babi Yar in September 1941.
[Photo credit: Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Yelena Brusilovsky Collection]