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1938-2013: Marking 75 years since Kristallnacht
by Shiela Steinman Wallace, Editor
It all started on November 9, 1938. Two days earlier Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year-old Polish Jew, shot Ernst vom Rath, a German embassy official stationed in Paris. When he died, the leadership of the Nazi Party had the pretext they were waiting for. Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels announced, “the Führer has decided that … demonstrations should not be prepared or organized by the Party, but insofar as they erupt spontaneously, they are not to be hampered.”
Goebbel’s declaration lit the fuse and from late that evening through the next morning, “spontaneous” rioters attacked. Windows were shattered and flames from synagogues and other Jewish buildings licked the skies.