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The Night of Broken Glass
A film by Michael Kloft

50 minutes, documentary, color & b/w, English narration, 2008

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Synopsis

After seizing power, the Nazis began their crusade against Jews with discriminatory laws and the looting of property; they turned to violence openly in what has come to be known as Kristallnacht: the night of broken glass.

In November 1938 German soldiers set on fire some 400 synagogues and destroyed 7,000 Jewish stores and businesses. More than 90 people were killed, 600 committed suicide, and over 26,000 men were deported to concentration camps.

Through rare footage, photographs and documents, The Night of Broken Glass reveals the background to this orgy of anti-Semitic violence, which while masterminded by the Nazi regime is shown to have been largely accepted by the German public.


Recommended Reading

Kristallnacht 1938 by Alan E. Steinweis

Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass: Igniting the Nazi War Against Jews by Stephanie Fitzgerald

48 Hours of Kristallnacht: Night of Destruction/Dawn of the Holocaust by Mitchell G. Bard, Ph.D.


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