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Describe the reasons for Kristallnacht 1938

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ZhilingL Kristallnacht 1938 On the 9th and 10th November 1938, Kristallnacht, also known as The Night of Broken Glass occurred in Germany. It is widely said by the historians to be the beginning of the Holocaust. The aim of this was to reduce the amount of Jews and to ?breed? the supreme race - the Aryan race, in Germany. The Aryan race was thought to be the master race and the other races were inferior to it. On the other hand, anti-Semitism had already been widely practiced in European countries in the 19th century and especially when Germany was dictated by Hitler who absolutely abhorred Jews. ...read more.


The assassination of Ernst Vom Rath was portrayed as a conspiracy by the ?International Jewry? and posed as a threat to the welfare of the German people. As Germans were looking for an excuse to get rid of Jews, the assassination was the perfect excuse to trigger the uprising against Jews. This justified the Kristallnacht which literally means Crystal Night. It was the first time Nazi security deliberately targeted Jews for death. It was carried out by none other than the Storm troopers and the German civilians. Buildings were demolished and over 7000 Jewish owned businesses and homes were destroyed. They were vandalized, looted and were set on fire while the police and fire services turned a blind eye. ...read more.


The Nazi Propaganda such as ?The Jews Are Our Misfortune? and ?Stab in the Back? proved to be effective to encourage German citizens to join in the destruction and violence of Kristallnacht, making them feel that they were doing the right thing. It is likely that this was going to happen eventually as the Germans have been finding a way to get rid of Jews. It was one of the most essential turning points in National Socialist anti-Semitic policy. Jews were removed entirely and the master race was bred. As a result of Kristallnacht, Nazis became more radical and extreme. Hitler grew to be even more confident and mad as the communists were eliminated from political election, allowing the Nazis to be more in power. The economy of Germany hurt as many Jewish businesses were stopped abruptly. ...read more.

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