Papers comprise an account of Kristallnacht in Aachen, 2000, written years later by Erica Prean, who was 8 years old when the events took place.
Aachen during Kristallnacht: An account
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- Dates of Creation2000
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
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Kristallnacht, also known as Reichskristallnacht, Reichspogromnacht, Crystal Night and the Night of the Broken Glass, was a pogrom against Jews throughout Germany, 9-10 November 1938. Jewish homes along with 8,000 Jewish shops were ransacked in numerous German cities, towns and villages as civilians and both the SA (Sturmabteilung) and the SS (Schutzstaffel) destroyed buildings with sledgehammers, leaving the streets covered in shards of glass from broken windows, the origin of the name 'Night of Broken Glass'. Jews were beaten to death, 30,000 Jewish men were taken to concentration camps and 1,668 synagogues ransacked, with 267 set on fire.
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Deposited by Erica Prean.
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Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.
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This account of the anti-Jewish pogrom in Aachen, North Rhine Westfalia, was written by a former resident.