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48 Hours of Kristallnacht: Night of Destruction/Dawn of the Holocaust

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On the nights of November 9 and 10, 1938, rampaging mobs throughout Germany and the newly acquired territories of Austria and Sudetenland freely attacked Jews in the street, in their homes and at their places of work and worship. At least 96 Jews were killed and hundreds more injured, as many as 2,000 synagogues were burned, almost 7,500 Jewish businesses were destroyed, ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Lyons Press
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Charles Weinblatt
Sep 28, 2010 Charles Weinblatt rated it it was amazing
48 Hours of Kristallnacht: Night of Destruction/Dawn of the Holocaust is the terrifying story of the mendacious force of Nazi Germany, inflicted upon innocent Jews in the days leading up to World War II and the Holocaust. Author Mitchell Bard offers multiple views of this intense episode of malice, as seen through the eyes of German and Austrian Jewish children. 48 Hours of Kristallnacht carries the reader through the shock of homicide, firebombing and religious persecution. This is not an evil ...more
Brian
Nov 20, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing
With a title like 48 Hours of Kristallnacht, it's pretty clear what you're going to get. And while some people might not immediately know what it is, I expect it's reasonably common knowledge.
One of the striking things at that point for me was that none of the Christian families came. Nobody came. We were totally alone.

There's a section in the beginning of the book about how some of those who suffered through it don't actually like the name. After all, Kristallnacht is just German for "crystal n
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Kerry
Jun 30, 2010 Kerry rated it really liked it
One doesn't open such a book without an understanding that it's going to be a hard read.

The 48 hours of Kristallnacht or the 'Night of Destruction' was the beginning of one of the most (or arguably most) horrific events in human history: the Holocaust. In these 48 hours it was estimated that 96 Jews died, including 43 women & 13 children while 30,000 jews were arrested & sent to concentration camps. More than 1,300 synagogues burned & between 2,000-7,500 Jewish business destroyed. Th
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Gary Null
Literally translated, kristallnacht means “crystal night.” Often, it is more figuratively translated as “night of broken glass.” Kristallnacht refers to November 9th and 10th, 1938 when Nazis systematically began destroying Jewish businesses, homes and synagogues. In those two nights the Nazis destroyed over 1,300 synagogues, 7,500 Jewish businesses and killed at least 236 Jews, just the beginning of the massive killings that would follow.



The author has collected first-person accounts of the des
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Jacob Steinberg
May 18, 2016 Jacob Steinberg rated it really liked it
48 Hours of Kristallnacht is a truly powerful story detailing the events of what began the catastrophe known as the Holocaust. Bard includes hundreds of testimonials of Jews throughout Germany, Poland, and Austria who witnessed the events. This varies from people seeing their family members being taken away to seeing their homes burned down. Bard was very respectful in his writing honoring the Jews and making sure to write with the utmost care and compassion. I admire Bard for being able to ...more
Heather
May 04, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
A truly excellent and riveting book--some of the oral histories got a bit repetitive, but the author captures the insanity of Kristallnacht well. It's hard to believe that human beings are capable of such things... but the more I learn about what lead into the Holocaust, the more it sadly makes sense. The German people were looking for someone to blame for their economic situation, and the Jews were a convenient scapegoat--the Nazis took full advantage of this.
Robin
Apr 01, 2012 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2 stars as a read; 3 if you need a research tool. This collection of eyewitness accounts, most from people who were children at the time, is an important archive of individual family stories from across the Reich. The stories are moving and personal, but there is not enough narrative here to make this a collection you would read straight through.
Jeff Kukuk
Oct 20, 2015 Jeff Kukuk rated it really liked it
Very interesting to say the least. I "enjoyed" the first hand accounts of many of the victims. There was so much more that took place that night than I ever knew. I just thought windows were smashed and books were burned durning this event. I didn't how bad it was for the Jews in this early stage of the Nazi regime.
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TIetokirjallisuutta tulee luettua enemmän. Liekkö syy helteessä,kun tarinan kerronta ei niin kiinnosta.
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Mitchell Bard is the Executive Director of the nonprofit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) and one of the leading authorities on U.S.-Middle East policy. Dr. Bard is also the director of the Jewish Virtual Library (www.JewishVirtualLibrary.org). Bard holds a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA. He has appeared on local, national, and international media outlets and written and edited ...more
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