German school students remember the diversity that was destroyed during the reign of the Nazi party, seventy-five years after a night of anti-semitic pogroms that became known as the "night of broken glass".
Rioting in Chemnitz was reminiscent of how the 1938 Kristallnacht pogrom unfolded in Nazi Germany, says historian Wolfgang Benz. Friday marks the 80th anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass violence against Jews.
In the night of November 9, 1938, Jews were the victims of pogroms carried out in plain sight. Thousands of synagogues, shops and homes were destroyed. While the world was shocked, the reactions weren't strong enough.
Eighty years after the Kristallnacht pogrom, every German can ask: How did my family react at the time? DW's Felix Steiner takes a personal look at how his family experienced the Night of Broken Glass.
While Nazi troops stormed and burned synagogues during the Kristallnacht pogrom on November 9, 1938, German museum directors were waiting in the wings, eager to acquire Jewish cultural artifacts for their collections.
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