Kristalnacht

Media Watch: The Rest Of The Kristallnacht Story

Was the assassin avenging his parents or affair gone wrong?

11/03/2010
Associate Editor

A thin veil and close calls separates this world from the world of the dead. Two weeks ago, four radical Muslims were convicted of attempting to bomb a pair of New York synagogues, a plot foiled by the FBI. Last week, terrorists in Yemen, presumably al Qaeda, mailed two bombs to a pair of Chicago synagogues, a plot foiled by the Saudis, of all people. And next week, we have the anniversary of Kristallnacht (the night of Nov. 9-10, 1938), when 267 German synagogues were destroyed in a devil’s night of fire and broken glass.

Herschel Grynszpan after his arrest in November 1938.
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