Kristallnacht: Prelude to Desctruction
Author: Martin Gilbert
In the early hours of November 10, 1938, Nazi storm troopers and Hitler Youth rampaged through Jewish neighborhoods across Germany, leaving behind them a horrifying trail of terror and destruction. More than 1,000 synagogues and many thousands of Jewish shops were destroyed, while 30,000 Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps. Kristallnacht—the Night of Broken Glass—was a decisive event in the systematic eradication of a people who traced their origins in Germany to Roman times and was a sinister forewarning of the Holocaust.