They lined them up
and they smashed the vatrine windows
of the shops ,
some of those they did not kill,
chose to jump off the ledge
and they made them pay for the damage .
They told them to go to Palestina
but they did not allow them to leave ,
their families were born in Germany,
their families were born in Austria ,
but they told them they had no right
they told them to leave ,
simply because of what their faith said to believe;
that all human beings have a right to live,
that all are created equal ,
that they were part of society
Many Jews had served as doctors,
the German and Austrian people
had gone to
to get healed ,
but at the end
the neighbours and people of their land
stood by ,
watching the Jewish stores’ vatrines smashed ,
seeing the jews
being rounded up,
watching the jews
led to the central square
Kristallnacht – English: “Crystal Night” or Reichskristallnacht , also referred to as the Night of Broken Glass, Reichspogromnacht or simply Pogromnacht , and Novemberpogrome , was a pogrom against Jews throughout Nazi Germany on 9–10 November 1938, carried out by SA paramilitary forces and German civilians. German authorities looked on without intervening. The name Kristallnacht comes from the shards of broken glass that littered the streets after Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues had their windows smashed.
Estimates of the number of fatalities caused by the pogrom have varied. Early reporting estimated that 91 Jewish people were murdered during the attacks. Modern analysis of German scholarly sources by historians such as Richard J. Evans puts the number much higher. When deaths from post-arrest maltreatment and subsequent suicides are included, the death toll climbs into the hundreds. Additionally, 30,000 were arrested and incarcerated in Nazi concentration camps.
Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers. Over 1,000 synagogues were burned (95 in Vienna alone) and over 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged. Martin Gilbert writes that no event in the history of German Jews between 1933 and 1945 was so widely reported as it was happening, and the accounts from the foreign journalists working in Germany sent shock waves around the world. The Times wrote at the time: “No foreign propagandist bent upon blackening Germany before the world could outdo the tale of burnings and beatings, of blackguardly assaults on defenseless and innocent people, which disgraced that country yesterday.”
The pretext for the attacks was the assassination of the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a German-born Polish Jew living in Paris. Kristallnacht was followed by additional economic and political persecution of Jews, and is viewed by historians as part of Nazi Germany’s broader racial policy, and the beginning of the Final Solution and The Holocaust.
*personal perspective :
My mother was a 7 year old girl when not far from where she had been born, an hour by train from Vienna , Jewish businesses vatrines had been smashed and jews rounded up throughout Germany , Austria, Czechoslovakia, tortured, the synagogues burned, the jews were beaten and killed . This would be just the beginning.This had become known as “kristalnacht”
Fortunately for my mother’s family, her paternal grandmother had left czechoslovakia back in 1933 when Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party had been voted democratically , she had gone with her daughter to “Palestina”-the land of Israel- that was under British control at the time, and had secured a place, and finally certificates of entrance for her only son and his wife and children. My mother had left Czechoslovakia in 1941, on the very last train out,as a ten year old child already living under Nazi occupation for two years.
I think the trauma of war and abuse does go through the DNA somehow as some psychologists claim and also influences one’s behaviour and so i wonder now , what does it mean when on November 9th, 2016 Donald Trump is voted as the leader of the free world? He says he loves Israel and the jews, he says he hates the Moslems but it is a confusing message..what is one to conclude ? is there any racism that is right? ! No, there is no racism that is right but when so man compare the plight of the jews to the Moslems, one must remember that the jews believed that they were living in the land where their ancestors had been born for generations, they had no doubt that they were German and Austrian and Czech and Dutch and Polish, but then came the Nazis and told them they had no right to have shops, or do business or live.
These days the game has changed, the Germans are the good guys for the most part, they are the ones who are supporting Israel’s right to exist and denouncing declarations calling to delegitimise the Jewish state by the Moslem countries, even Syria, in the UN.
Donald Trump is not Adolf Hitler, but he did make racist declarations, it is never ever right to generalise a group of people and to blame a group for individual actions.
The Jews never initiated violence against the societies in which they lived, they assimilated, some even converted to Christianity like the family of the foreign minister of US, Kerry, but there is no excuse to generalise all the Moslems or Mexicans or ANYONE for that matter.
I worry when i see Donald Trump’s last campaign video denouncing foreign influence showing only Jewish finance figures , i do not trust him, but on the other hand, the Obama administration with all the charm, intelligence and integrity of President Obama, had signed a horrible deal with Iran, and Hillary Clinton had compromised US security again and again by trusting an aid with contacts to radical Islam groups and by accepting financial gifts from a country that sponsors terror that is determined to destroy the Jewish state in an effort to create a jew free middle east.
Last year Knesset member Zoabi was invited to speak at a Dutch “liberal” jewish community in an event remembering Kristalnacht , she then compared Israelis to Nazis , and the Palestinians to Jews. If only the Palestinians had constructive plans for a democratic society where everyone has equal rights, women, minorities etc. If only the Palestinians had been a people before 1967 and not found their identity with the goal of destroying the state of the jews. If only the Palestinians had sought coexistence with the passion so many Israelis seek. If only the Palestinians had a wide spectrum of opinions and ability to express their opinions so that they would not be abused by one violent intolerant group after another .
Human rights for everyone must never be compromised .
I am tired of hearing of daily attacks on jews, rocks thrown on cars of Israelis , knife attacks on jews applauded by the Palestinian authority and at the same time pressure placed by the American administration on Israeli government for more concessions, more land given out of the tiny strip of land the jews had been given by the UN .
Maybe it is too much to ask for,but this November 9th, let us hope that Donald Trump will indeed act to stop the concessions to the radical Islam, that Donald Trump will stop the scapegoating of the one and only jewish state by the United Nations ,and at the same time let us hope that no one will ever have to suffer from generalisations and racism any longer , and that perhaps Donald Trump will be the transition away from a government that makes concession to radical Islam entities towards a more enlightened political body that is able to decipher better who to stand by and who to stay away from.
Let us hope and pray Donald Trump leads a government that will not generalize or scapegoat any ethnic group;not Jews,not Moslems,not Mexicans,latinos,women…ah,the list is already too long…
yes, it is probably too much to ask for, but let us hope that no one will suffer from racism with the silence of the masses looking on, whatever ethnic origin they are, and that rather than compare Donald Trump to the Nazis, somehow there will be hope that with the inclusion of more liberal voices, everyone just tries to get along , the racist talk stopped not tolerated and people learn somehow to co exist.