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Don’t Call It 'Kristallnacht'

‘Kristallnacht’ is not only a woefully inadequate term to describe the November 1938 attacks on German Jews: It lends legitimacy to the Nazi propagandists who coined it

Adam Sacks
Adam Sacks
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It is by now increasingly obvious that the term Kristallnacht, co-opting a trope of Nazi propaganda willfully designed to obfuscate its crimes, is woefully inadequate. The word is a product of a Nazi media-management machine so subtle and devious that its hold on the imagination persists long after fulfilling its original cover-up mission.

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