People walking past the broken windows of the Lichtenstein store, following a night of wanton vandalism and attacks by Nazi mobs targeting Jewish businesses and properties, November 1938. Bettmann / CORBIS / Bettmann Archive

On the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, Overturning Assumptions About the Nazi Atrocity

Germans now prefer to call the ‘Night of Broken Glass’ the ‘November Pogrom,’ rejecting Nazi terminology of the time. It is just one of the perceptions to have changed over the years about the November 1938 attack, scholars say

November 9-10 marks the 80th anniversary of the event commonly known as Kristallnacht. The name, of course, is German for “Night of Broken Glass,” and refers to the windows of synagogues and other Jewish-owned...

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