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Berlin stages silent march to commemorate Kristallnacht

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Berlin stages silent march to commemorate Kristallnacht


Religious leaders of all major denominations have held a silent march through Berlin to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht which saw the destruction and desecration of Jewish property across Germany and Austria by Nazi forces.

“For me it is important to show in public that we haven’t forgotten what happened here in Berlin 75 years ago. It’s also an appeal for human rights and dignity for anyone regardless of their culture or religion,” said Protestant bishop Markus Droge.

Some 1,400 synagogues and thousands of Jewish businesses, homes and medical practices were destroyed on the infamous “night of the broken glass” or pogrom as it is also known as.

At least 91 people were killed and around 30,000 Jews sent to concentration camps in the following days.

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