If you can discount the differences in the who killed who in the following short story and the who killed who in what we are witnessing today … You can probably figure out the reason for my posting this?
On November 8, 1938, Herschel Grynszpan, a young Polish-German Jewish man, shot German diplomat Ernst Vom Rath, the third secretary of the German embassy in Paris.
This sparked an incident known as Kristallnacht, also known as the Night of Broken Glass.
German news outlets, already under the spell of Nazi propaganda, willingly spread emotional and incendiary accounts with the intended effect of stoking anti-Jewish sentiment.
In the years leading up to the Von Rath murder, Adolf Hitler blamed the Jews for all of Germany’s misfortune.
In 1933 he stated:The misery of our people is horrible to behold!
He implored his followers to join a movement of resistance to achieve social justice for a long-suffering people.
The Germans were made to believe that the Jews had it coming because of years of privilege and oppression.
German media made sure to make the Von Rath shooting dominate the front pages of newspapers.
Hitler ordered his propaganda minister to put into motion the next phase: ordering municipal law enforcement to refrain from protecting Jews.
Joseph Goebbels seized on Von Rath’s murder as a long-awaited opportunity to unleash brutal violence against Jewish shops, businesses and synagogues, citing the Paris killing as proof of the deadly danger Jews supposedly posed.
On November 9th 1938, an anti-Jewish pogrom broke out all over Germany.
It came to be known by the name of Kristallnacht.
The pogrom symbolized and stepped up the pace of the Nazis’ anti-Jewish policies of 1938.
Within 24 hours, mobs formed to begin rampaging through German cities to smash windows, loot stores, and beat suspected Jews. What the looters didn’t carry off, they burned and destroyed.
Prior to Kristallnacht, Nazi policies had been primarily nonviolent.
And the rest is history:
About 100 Jews died during Kristallnacht, and 30,000 were sent to concentration camps.
The pogrom is widely viewed by historians as the start of the Holocaust in which 6 million Jews were slaughtered.
(A pogrom is a violent riot aimed at the massacre or persecution of an ethnic or religious group.)