Kristallnacht stickers in Germany 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
US President Barack Obama marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht on
Friday, saying that the 1938 pogrom in which Nazis burned synagogues and
murdered Jews across Germany was an example of what silence in the face of
hatred can bring.
“I join millions of people in the United States and
around the world in marking the 75th anniversary of the tragedy of Kristallnacht
– “the Night of Broken Glass,” Obama said.
“On November 9 and 10, 1938,
Nazi paramilitaries marched under the cover of darkness throughout the towns and
villages of Germany and Austria smashing Jewish storefronts, arresting Jewish
men en masse, ransacking Jewish homes, burning books and littering the streets
with the parchment of sacred Judaic texts,” he said.
“As we mark this
anniversary, let us act in keeping with the lessons of that dark night by
speaking out against anti-Semitism and intolerance, standing up to indifference,
and recommitting ourselves to combatting prejudice and persecution wherever it
exists. In so doing, we honor the memories of those killed and reaffirm that
timeless call: ‘Never Again,’” he said.