Monday, November 9, 2009
[1953 Dylan Thomas author, poet, dies in New York at age 39]
The "Kristallnacht," a night of Nazi terrorism against the Jewish population, was carried out by the SS storm troopers, and owes its name to the broken glass from looted Jewish shops, synagogues, and homes. The result was: 91 Jews murdered and at least an equal number seriously injured, 30,000 Jews arrested and sent to concentration camps, between 815 and 7,800 shops destroyed, 171 dwelling houses and between 119 and 1,000 synagogues set on fire or completely destroyed.
Some think of the terrorist threat as a new phenomenon. It has been around for as long as there were two humans who got together and convinced each other that they were superior to a third one who believed in the wrong god.
From Heinrich Muller to all Gestapo offices - transmitted at 11:55 p.m., November 9, 1938:
1) Actions against Jews, especially against their synagogues, will take place throughout the Reich shortly. They are not to be interfered with; however, liaison is to be effected with the Ordnungspolizei to ensure that looting and other significant excesses are suppressed.
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