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TODAY IN BERLIN AND KREUZBERG: THE WORLD ON FIRE – KRISTALLNACHT

Exactly 75 years in the night 9/10 November 1938 Hitler and Goebbels unleashed the beast that was to devour millions of human lives and prove yet again that nothing can protect anyone from the hate of others if that hate is cleverly kindled.

That night was the final proof that neither decency nor age, no hard work nor patriotism, no money and not even good relationship to one´s neighbours would protect the people of Jewish decent from the fate planned for them by the Nazis and their followers.

The sound of the breaking glass and the red-yellow hue of the sky above the burning houses and synagogues were the call final alarm call. For most of those who heard it it came too late.

Liberal synagogue in Lindenstrasse 48-50 in Kreuzberg: plundered and destroyed inside on Kristallnacht, turned by the Nazis into a granary (grain storage), damaged during the WW2 air-raids, torn down in the 1950´s.

Liberal synagogue in Lindenstrasse 48-50 in Kreuzberg: plundered and destroyed inside on Kristallnacht, turned by the Nazis into a granary (grain storage), damaged during the WW2 air-raids, torn down in the 1950´s.

The orthodox synagogue in Kottbusser Ufer 48-50 (later re-named after a Nazi "hero" Thielschufer, today Fraenkelufer): the main building set on fire and burnt down on the night of 9/10th of November 1938, only the smaller "Jugendsynagoge" remained and is used today as a temple again.

The orthodox synagogue in Kottbusser Ufer 48-50 (later re-named after a Nazi “hero” Thielschufer, today Fraenkelufer): the main building set on fire and burnt down on the night of 9/10th of November 1938, only the smaller “Jugendsynagoge” remained and is used today as a temple again. More about the history of the place in the following post.

Next to the main synagogues the similar fate awaited all of the smaller Bethäuser (prayer houses) in Berlin-Kreuzberg, all of the Jewish shops and workshops as well as Jewish surgeries and kindergartens.

That night would be just the beginning.

6 comments on “TODAY IN BERLIN AND KREUZBERG: THE WORLD ON FIRE – KRISTALLNACHT

  1. berlioz1935
    November 9, 2013

    Here is what I wrote as a comment on Facebook for Deutsche Welle (DW (English)):

    ” Isn’t it interesting that this date of infamy is the same date as the fall of the Wall in Berlin fifty one years later. Was it fate or coincidence? Had Germany redeemed itself? One could say the war against humanity started on 9th November 1938 and it and all the aftermath ended on the 9th November 1989. History did not end as claimed by Fukuyama but a new area started. With people there is never a dull moment.”

  2. auntyuta
    November 9, 2013

    You say that night would be just the beginning. And what an awful beginning it was! The Kristallnacht and the Fall of the Wall, we both remember it on the same day, One event so extremely frightful, the other one sheer joyful!
    Thanks for reminding us that the Kristallnacht happened on the same date. I hope something similar is never happening again.

    • notmsparker
      November 9, 2013

      So do I, Uta. That’s why i will be telling my boys about both of those days when they’re big enough. I want them never to have to face anything like that themselves.

  3. Sofia
    November 14, 2013

    Am very curious about that following post but the link unfortunately only leads to a “page not found”.

    • notmsparker
      November 14, 2013

      I’ll have a look at it. All the links worked directly after publishing. Perhaps a glitch somewhere? I’ll try to fix it asap:)

    • notmsparker
      November 15, 2013

      Hi Sofia,

      the link has been fixed – sorry about that. For some reason it broke although it did work immediately prior and soon after the publication.
      Hope you´ll enjoy the text.

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