Kristallnacht, also called the “Night of Broken Glass,” was the start of a violent campaign launched on German Jewish people by Nazis on November 9, 1938.
The violence included torching synagogues, vandalizing homes, schools, and graveyards, and destroying thousands of businesses.
It continued into November 10, 1938, and culminated with the arrest of 30,0000 Jewish men.
The night marked a turning point in violence toward Jewish people in Europe, and foreshadowed the Holocaust, in which 6 million people died.
2019 marks the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht, and Insider is taking a look back at images revealing the aftermath from night of terror.
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On November 9, 1938, German Nazis launched a violent campaign against Jewish communities, torching synagogues, vandalizing homes, schools, and graveyards, and destroying 7,500 businesses.
In what would foreshadow the Holocaust in its violence, Kristallnacht, also called the “Night of Broken Glass,” left at least 91 Jewish people dead and wreaked havoc on communities.
The violence continued into November 10, 1938, and an estimated 30,000 Jewish men were arrested by Nazis. It marked the first time Nazis arrested Jewish people en masse simply because they were Jewish. Many of the men were taken to concentration camps, and released months later when they promised to leave Germany.
The night signaled a turning point in violence toward Jewish people, and soon after, German Jews were banned from schools and many public places.
In the years that followed, some 6 million European Jews were killed by Germans in a systematic, state-sponsored mass murder that became known as the Holocaust.
Ahead of what will be the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht, Insider is taking a look back at the dark day in history through photos.
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