What could they know?

Censorship and Information about the November Pogrom 1938

Martin Liepach

What could they know? (Courtesy of the Jewish Museum Frankfurt)

In November 1938 Germany erupted into violence. The organized pogrom was launched by the Nazi government and promoted by the German press as an act of “indignation”. The event is also known as “Kristallnacht” or “night of broken glass” which refers to the fragments of shattered window glass that littered the the sidewalks in front of the Jewish shops that been vandalized during the night. But much more than glass was broken: more than 1400 synagogues were burnt down and plundered, more than 30 000 Jews were arrested and sent temporary to concentrations camps and between 1300 and 1500 people were killed.