Germans are being urged to stand together against racism and anti-Semitism. The plea comes at a ceremony in Berlin to mark the 70th anniversary of a campaign of Nazi persecution of Jews known as Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass, events that culminated in the Holocaust.
A memorial concert and other events are being held across the country. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “Xenophobia, racism and anti-Semitism must not be given a chance in Europe and outside of Europe’s borders, not only in the Arab sphere, but also in other parts of the world. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s make note of the lessons learned from history and say: we must not remain silent.”
On this day in 1938 Nazi-incited riots claimed the lives of up to 100 Jews and left some 1400 synagogues damaged. Some 30,000 Jewish men were also taken into custody.