Night of Broken Glass

Night of Broken Glass

Eyewitness Accounts of Kristallnacht /edited by Uta Gerhardt & Thomas Karlauf

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November 9th 1938 is widely seen as a violent turning point in Nazi Germany's assault on the Jews. An estimated 400 Jews lost their lives in the anti-Semitic pogrom and more than 30,000 were imprisoned or sent to concentration camps, where many were brutally mistreated. Thousands more fled their homelands in Germany and Austria, shocked by what they had seen, heard and experienced. What they took with them was not only the pain of saying farewell but also the memory of terrible scenes: attacks by mobs of drunken Nazis, public humiliations, burning synagogues, inhuman conditions in overcrowded prison cells and concentration camp barracks. The reactions of neighbours and passersby to these barbarities ranged from sympathy and aid to scorn, mockery, and abuse.

In 1939 the Harvard sociologist Edward Hartshorne gathered eyewitness accounts of the Kristallnacht from hundreds of Jews who had fled, but Hartshorne joined the Secret Service shortly afterwards and the accounts he gathered were forgotten - until now. These eyewitness testimonies - published here for the first time, with a foreword by Saul Friedländer, the Pulitzer Prize historian and Holocaust survivor - paint a harrowing picture of everyday violence in one of Europe's darkest moments.

This unique and disturbing document will be of great interest to anyone interested in modern history, Nazi Germany and the historical experience of the Jews.

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A collection of eyewitness accounts of Kristallnacht discussing the violence, terror, and arrests of German Jews at the time.

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In 1939, Harvard sociologist Edward Hartshorne collected eyewitness accounts from the victims of the Nazi pogrom, which became known as Kristallnacht, that occurred on November 9th and 10th in 1938, in which about 400 Jews died and about 30,000 were imprisoned or sent to concentration camps, while others fled Germany. Hartshorne joined the Secret Service soon after that, and the accounts were never published. Gerhardt (sociology, U. of Heidelberg) and Karlauf, a literary agent and author, collect 21 of them here. The accounts tell of the violence, imprisonment, escapes, and Jewish attitudes, perceptions, and reactions during the time, as well as stories from German supporters of the Jews. The volume was first published in German as Nie mehr zurück in dieses Land (2009) and has been translated by Robert Simmons and Nick Somers. It lacks an index. Distributed by Wiley. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Polity Publishing 2012
ISBN: 9780745650845
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 GER


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