Kristallnacht in Real Time

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The Telegraph has reprinted an article that was first published on November 12, 1938, the day after Kristallnacht. What’s so striking about the article is the absence of context that we’ve come to expect from anything written about the events of World War II. The correspondent doesn’t know what will happen to the thousands of Jews being shipped off to concentration, and the whole event is framed with such surprise, it’s almost painful to read.kristallnacht_windows.png

Herr Hitler plans new steps against Jews – Nov 12, 1938
German Jewry, after Thursday’s nationwide pogrom, last night awaited the announcement of the new measures against them which are being planned by Herr Hitler as a reprisal for the death of Herr vom Rath in Paris.

One decree was published last evening, forbidding Jews to possess any kind of weapon. Laws confiscating all Jewish property and capital and reviving the 16th century system of segregation in Ghettoes are expected to follow.

The construction of a series of buildings for this purpose has already begun on the outskirts of Berlin.
At least 35,000 men and women have been taken into custody, and many have been sent to concentration camps. In Munich mass demonstrations against Jews and Roman Catholics were held last night.

The British Charge d’ Affaires in Berlin, Sir George Ogilvie-Forbes, has been instructed to draw the German Government’s attention to the attempt in a newspaper closely associated with Dr Goebbels, Propaganda Minister, to implicate leading British politicians in the murder of Herr vom Rath.

While anti-Jewish action continues in Germany today, although on a smaller scale, Herr Hitler and his advisers considered the new “laws and decrees� by which is it proposed to “regulate� the future position of Jews.

I am reliably informed that two measures will certainly be included in them. These will be:
Wholesale confiscation of Jewish property and capital; and
Establishment of Ghettoes on the pattern of the 16th century.

Posted on November 12, 2008

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