75 years since Kristallnack ….. The Night of the Broken Glass … sad time in history!! The beginning of a sad period!!
Saturday commemorated 75 years ago that the Nazis started the pogroms throughout Germany and Austria. This night in 1938 witnessed a strategic attack on Jews. Kristallnacht — the Night of Broken Glass — marks the event where Jewish store fronts, homes, and synagogues had their windows knocked out and smashed. Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps. The world learned on this night that the Holocaust had now started. The Nazis were putting into play their “Final Solution.”
This part of history is exceedingly ugly and painful. We witnessed mortal racism and homophobia as Nazis assigned yellow stars and pink triangles to those they deemed unfit to live — people like Gad Beck. Sadly, we are currently seeing a rise in anti-Semitism in Germany and Russia. We are also seeing a rise in homophobia around the world, including Russia, which is hosting the 2014 Olympics.
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