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Kristallnacht - The Night of Broken Glass, Part 4

WARNING:  THIS CLIP CONTAINS VIOLENT ACTIONS TAKEN AGAINST JEWISH PEOPLE IN NOVEMBER OF 1938.  PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

Germans did not speak up against the Nazi actions, on Kristallnacht, because they were afraid for themselves.  At the end of the attack, newspapers around the world reported its devastating results.

No one was charged with any crime.  Germans called the event Kristallnacht ("Night of Broken Glass") because there was so much shattered glass everywhere.  "The destruction of plate glass alone amounted to half-a-year's production of the Belgian glass industry."

Reich leaders decided that Jews should pay for their own damage while insurance dollars were turned-over to the government.  In addition, the victims were fined for what happened.  Jewish people ... in other words ... "could be attacked with impunity and they were the ones who still had to pay the price."

Thirty thousand Jewish men were imprisoned in three concentration camps - as further payment for Kristallnacht.  Survivors relate what life was like - especially "the terrible fear of what is going to happen."  Most of these men were later released, but the intent of the regime was made clear:  "Leave the country, or we'll get you again."

But ... how could they leave ... and where would they go ... when other countries wouldn't expand their immigration quotas for Jewish people?

See, also:

Kristallnacht - The Night of Broken Glass, Part 1

Kristallnacht - The Night of Broken Glass, Part 2

Kristallnacht - The Night of Broken Glass, Part 3

Kristallnacht - The Night of Broken Glass, Part 5


Media Credits

From a documentary on Kristallnacht, David Clarke, Producer; Laszlo Barna, Executive Producer.  

Clip online, courtesy History Television and Canadian Television Fund (now known as Canada Media Fund). 

 

 

 

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