Autor: Uta Gerhardt|
Publisher date: 6/19/2012
Format: PDF, EPUB
File size: 120 KB
Description of the book "The Night of Broken Glass: Eyewitness Accounts of Kristallnacht":
November 9th 1938 is widely seen as a violent turning point in NaziGermany's assault on the Jews. An estimated 400 Jews lost theirlives in the anti-Semitic pogrom and more than 30,000 wereimprisoned or sent to concentration camps, where many were brutallymistreated. Thousands more fled their homelands in Germany andAustria, shocked by what they had seen, heard and experienced. Whatthey took with them was not only the pain of saying farewell butalso the memory of terrible scenes: attacks by mobs of drunkenNazis, public humiliations, burning synagogues, inhuman conditionsin overcrowded prison cells and concentration camp barracks. Thereactions of neighbours and passersby to these barbarities PDF rangedfrom sympathy and aid to scorn, mockery, and abuse.
In 1939 the Harvard sociologist Edward Hartshorne gatheredeyewitness accounts of the Kristallnacht from hundreds of Jews whohad fled, but Hartshorne joined the Secret Service shortlyafterwards and the accounts he gathered were forgotten - until now.These eyewitness testimonies - published here for the first time,with a foreword by Saul Friedländer, the Pulitzer Prizehistorian and Holocaust survivor - paint a harrowing picture ofeveryday violence in one of Europe's darkest moments.
This unique and disturbing document will be of great interest toanyone interested in modern history, Nazi Germany and thehistorical experience of the Jews PDF.
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