The Night of Broken Glass: Eyewitness Accounts of Kristallnacht

Overview

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, ...

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Overview

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 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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An exceptional array of eyewitness accounts ... thisfascinating collection honours the Holocaust's victims, as well asthe sociologist who preserved their memories."
Times Literary Supplement

"A fantastic asset for Holocaust historiography."
European Review of History

"This riveting book prints a collection of 21 eyewitness accountsby German Jews. The value of these testimonies lies above all intheir detail and immediacy. Mostly they confirm the picture wealready have from other sources, though few are as vivid asthese."
The Guardian

"Provides heartrending testimony of Nazi racial hatred."
Tribune

"Taken together, these survivors’ voices bring the focus backonto what is essential: human lives, their preservation andloss."
Forward Magazine

"There are few more powerful or moving collections of testimoniesfrom the Jewish victims of the Nazi pogrom of 9-10 November 1938.This is an extraordinary collection that conveys the full extent ofNazi brutality towards Jews even before the 'Final Solution' hadbegun."
Richard J Evans, Regius Professor of history at the Universityof Cambridge and author of The Third Reich atWar

"The testimonies about the pogrom of November 9 and 10, 1938 andits sequels, assembled in this volume, describe what the authorsdeemed to be the height of Nazi barbarism. In reality, these eventswere but the faintest of preludes to what was about to happen tothe Jews in Germany and in occupied Europe. Nonetheless, thesereports carry a poignancy of their own that overwhelmingly evokesthe suffocating and terror filled atmosphere of Jewish everydayexistence in the Reich during those November days and the immediatepre-war months."
Saul Friedlander, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of TheYears of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945

"What sets this anthology, edited by German sociologist UtaGerhardt and literary agent Thomas Karlauf, apart from otherfirsthand accounts is the immediacy of the testimonies. All of theaccounts reveal the degree to which their authors were traumatizedby their experiences."
S.Ross Doughty, Ursinus College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745650845
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 830,139
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Editorial Note and Acknowledgements vii

Foreword Saul Friedländer x

Introduction Thomas Karlauf: ?Thus Ended My Life in Germany' 1

Part I The Terror 17

Hugo Moses 19

Siegfried Merecki 36

Rudolf Bing 56

Toni Lessler 65

Sofoni Herz 72

'Aralk' 82

Marie Kahle 88

Part II In The Camps 93

Karl E. Schwabe 95

Gertrud Wickerhauser Lederer 110

Karl Rosenthal 115

Georg Abraham 135

Hertha Nathorff 148

Carl Hecht 165

Ernst Bellak 174

Part III Before Emigration 179

Martin Freudenheim 181

Alice Bärwald 183

Siegfried Wolff 187

Margarete Neff 194

Fritz Rodeck 208

Fritz Goldberg 228

Harry Kaufman 231

Afterword Uta Gerhardt: Nazi Madness 236

Notes 261

Bibliography 275

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