Lead:  As a part of a steadily intensifying campaign of terror and intimidation against the Jews of Germany, the Nazis used the assassination of a minor German diplomat in Paris as an excuse to unleash a night of unspeakable horror.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Fueled by the virulent anti-Semitism of Adolf Hitler's ideological musings, driven by the constant drumbeat of propaganda hostile to the Jews, and organized by a Nazi Party aroused at the death of  Ernst vom Rath at the hands of a teenaged Jewish student, on the night of November 9, 1938, fires of hate were ignited all over Germany. Jewish businesses and homes were attacked and the sound of breaking windows filled the night. It was Kristallnacht - the night of glass.

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