Holocaust survivor recalls 'Night of Broken Glass' horrors

Holocaust survivor recalls 'Night of Broken Glass' horrors

Holocaust survivor recalls 'Night of Broken Glass' horrors

According to the research, some 31 percent of Germans believe that "Jews still have too much influence". "Jewish life is blossoming again in Germany - an unexpected gift to us after the Shoah", she said, using the Hebrew word for the Holocaust.

On Nov. 9, 1938, Nazis in Germany burned synagogues and destroyed Jewish homes, schools and businesses, killing almost 100 Jews. The notorious campaign marked Nazi's escalating of the organized holocaust of about 6 million Jewish people. "But we are also witnessing a worrying anti-Semitism that threatens Jewish life in our country".

Eighty years after the Kristallnacht ("Night of Broken Glass") pogrom, almost one-third of Germans harbor varying degrees of anti-Semitic beliefs, new research has revealed.

A commemoration of the burning of synagogues and Jewish homes 80 years ago in Germany is taking on more meaning this week in the wake of the recent mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Merkel mentioned the rise of hate speech on Internet, the attack on a Jewish restaurant in Chemnitz this summer, and attacks on people wearing Jewish traditional clothes. "In such times, there is always a particularly great danger of those who react with supposedly simple answers gaining support".

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One middle-aged woman swung by the home of a Jewish family she owed money to and destroyed the ledgers, and also had enough time to bring gasoline to help torch the synagogue. "That is the beginning we must oppose decisively".

Speaking alongside Merkel, the head of Germany's Central Council of Jews, Josef Schuster, said that, while modern-day attacks on Jews, migrants and Muslims can not be equated with the crimes of the Nazi era, "I see it as a disgrace for our country that such things happen in Germany in 2018".

He assailed the far-right Alternative for Germany party, which he said has "respect for nothing" and which his organization didn't invite to Friday's event.

November 9 is the day of fate for Germany.

In a speech to the German Federal Parliament on Friday morning, Steinmeier the "most hard and painful question of German history" was how, shortly after democracy was established in 1918, enemies of democracy were able to win elections, plunge Germany into war with its neighbors and send Jewish families to gas chambers.

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