Mpilation of hand accounts of the Kristalnacht It deals with the emigration the orphans and of course the destruction of that night in particular I Caz Sanatı learned so much and found myself horrified Even the moments where he talks about the heroes who tried to help escaping Jews I was horrified that they were so alone in their efforts and often penalized for acting out of basic human morality As expected this was a sobering but enlightening read It was filled with first person accounts of the night of Kristallnacht and of the actions taken by the Nazi party regular Germans and other countries in the months and years following Some of the information was new to me The book contains maps showing the towns throughout Europe where synagogues were destroyed That was heartbreaking to see This was a very well written book Filled with very sad information And also with several stories of heroism So take heart in those Martin Gilbert pulls no punches when he writes about the Holocaust His anger and frustration are palpable Kristallnacht and the eventseading up to it and after it are analyzed He uses first hand accounts from survivors and while their stories seem repetitive that is the point Never forget He fully brings out the horror fear savagery and barbarity He highlights the brave governmentembassy members who illegally continued to issue emigration visas and citizens who risked their
lives to shelter and hide Jews making it clear that there were indeed good Germans Also aid to shelter and hide Jews making it clear that there were indeed good Germans Also aid are the heart wrenching refugee uotas of the US Britain and many other countries Even though many were saved these uotas and refusals of so many countries to admit German Jews as of 9139 were enemy aliens were responsible for the deaths of thousands It is hard to read and you get the full sense of the fear racism and conundrums Most of the time when I m reading about the Jewish experience in Hitler s Eurpoe Kristallnacht is mentioned as a turning point in the treatment of the Jews and not ooked at in detail In this book Gilbert ooks directly at Kristallnacht from a variety of sources including many many newspaper stories of the time Unlike The Faerie Godmothers Apprentice Wore Green later pogroms there was no attempt by the Nazis to hide the true violence and terror of Kristallnacht from the press Thiseaves Gilbert with a plethora of information to sort through and showcase how Kristallnacht happened from the highly planned political standpoint of the Nazis and exactly how deeply it affected the Jews who were its target He does his job as historian well traveling the breadth of the German Empire at the time to show how far reaching the violence of that night was and also explaining along the way the many ways Kristallnacht was informed by previous events and also set up the horrors to come. Ther attack on Jews during the course of the Second World War was as widely reported by contemporary observersKristallnacht marked the beginning of the systematic eradication of a people who traced their origins in Germany to Roman times and was a sinister fore warning of the Holocaust By setting the tone for the terrible war to follow it shaped the second half of the twentieth century and continues to haunt us almost seventy years ater Meticulously researched and masterfully written this is an eye opening study of one of the darkest chapters in human history.
SUMMARY Kristallnacht Prelude to Destruction Making HistoryEasily the saddest book I ve read this year Kristallnacht is the name for the infamous Nazi pogrom against German and Austrian Jews on November 9 10 1938 The Nazis would insist this was spontaneous eruption by the Germans against the Jews after the eventually successful assassination attempt against a German diplomat in Paris by a young German Polish Jew The assassin Herschel Grynszpan was upset over the ate October expulsion from Germany of all Polish Jews including Grynszpan s family which
resulted in a hellish in between existence in Polish border refugeein a hellish in between existence in Polish border refugee The Poles were at first reluctant to accept them The Poles reluctance would be repeated Worldwide by numerous countries in the terrifying months to come Upon the German d Martin Gilbert collects and relates first hand experiences of Kristallnacht At times the book feels Practicing History like aoosely connected series of mini narratives but it is so engrossing that this fact doesn t distance the reader It should be noted that if Gilbert s footnotes are any indication some of the accounts came from etters that Gilbert recieved most ikely after solicting from witnesses In addition to the first hand accounts Gilbert goes into great deapth about the international reaction to Kristallnancht At times the stories are despairly others hopeful and at east one concerning the city of New York
Will Promote A SmileWhatpromote a smileWhat across is the feeling of horror and helpless of even anger on behalf of those mentioned in the book Eually impactive are the maps in the back which show where the destruction took place In many ways these speak than the actual narrative This is uite an in depth ook at Kristallnacht and the immediate aftermath also including basic eventsstats that came both before and after Much of the information comes from survivors many
of whom sent etters or unpublished memoirs to the author aswhom sent etters or unpublished memoirs to the author as as other eyewitnesses including journalists and government officials based in GermanyAustria at the time of the event The beginning of the book is broken up into different citiestowns in Germany and the remembrances of the eyewitnesses After the event the author continues with the same people and what happened to them trials that they went through trying to get out of German occupied Cant You Make Them Behave, King George? land and the almost insurmountable blockades that the Nazis put up to make it difficult for people toeave I found all of the journalists and government officials bits of information fascinating and disturbing in that the other countries just seemed to be Leonardo da Vinci like ostriches with their heads in the sand truly believing that Germany was upholding the Versailles treaty along with recent agreements even with evidence from their own people that things were getting worse The author also talks of some of the brave. On November 7 1938 a young Jew enraged by his family's expulsion from Germany walked into the German embassy in Paris and fired five shots at a junior diplomat Three daysater the diplomat was dead and Germany was in the grips of skillfully orchestrated anti Jewish violenceIn the early hours of November 10 Nazi storm troopers and Hitler Youth rampaged through Jewish neighborhoods across Germany eaving behind them a horrifying trail of terror and destruction More than a thousand synagogues and many thousands of Jewish shops were destroyed while thirty thousan. People that stood up and helped from the Catholic priest in Munich that gave the Rabbi
a truck to cart away as much as possible from the synagogue before it wastruck to cart away as much as possible from the synagogue before it was the government officials who did as much as they could to get people out
of the country falsifying visas coming up with inventive ways to get whole families out all the while breakingthe country falsifying visas coming up with inventive ways to get whole families out all the while breaking own countries edicts while doing so to the German woman who gave a Jewish woman her id The book includes maps of all the towns where synagogues were burned as well as maps of both escape routes and deportation routes that some of the eyewitnesses took A very good book Excellent detailed description of many of the events of Kristallknacht plus prelude and afterBut what s missing are some crucial things I want to know for my novel Who put the plan together When Who gave the order to proceed How was that order communicated and coordinated so uickly to virtually every Introduction to the Spiritist Philosophy locale in GermanyIf you know a source for those answers pleaseet me knowNOTE 1029 I have since found the source of the Kristallknacht orders it was Heydrich and have included these events in the seuel to A FLOOD OF EVIL which I am currently writing On November 7 1938 a 17 year old German Jew Herschel Grynszpan enraged by the suffering of his parents who had been expelled from Germany together with 12 000 other Jews walked into the German embassy in Paris and shot junior German diplomat Ernst vom Rath who died three days Play Me, Im Yours laterVom Rath s assassination sparked what the Nazis had been planning for months a nationwide pogrom and orgy of destruction against the Jews across the Third Reich Germany Austria and SudetenlandOn on November 8 it had been announced that Jewish children could noonger attend Aryan state elementary schools something that had hitherto been allowed where there were not sufficient Jewish elementary schools At the same time all Jewish cultural activities were suspended indefinitelyOn the night of the 9 10 November Kristallnacht took plac This book contains people s stories of Nov 10th1938 when Nazi stormtroopers and Hitler youth smashed a trail through Jewish neighbourhoods destroying thousands of Jewish businesses and a thousand synagogues were destroyedThirty thousand Jews were sent to concentration camps This book does not read as a story It documents how it happened and how people felt as told to Mr Gilbert I think I found the recounting of a Nazi suad busting into a Jewish home and giving them an hour to vacate with what they could carry while a German citizen walked in and took possession The Holocaust was about Health at Every Size looting and stealing and as much about greed as hatred This guy is a serious nerd I found myself engrossed even though the text double backs on itself many times This is a huge co. D Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps This was the moment when deliberately inflamed hatreds ignited nationwide destructionWith rare insight and acumen Martin Gilbert one of theeading historians of our time examines Kristallnacht the Night of Broken Glass and describes how the rest of the world reacted in its wake His narration of that night and day of terror is chilling vividly conveying its scale and intensity through than fifty previously unpublished eyewitness testimonies and graphic newspaper accounts of the events as they unfolded No