Reinhard Heydrich: Memorandum concerning Kristallnacht

(1938)

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On the night of November 9–10, 1938, Jews in Nazi Germany were victimized by widespread acts of vandalism and terrorism. Because the destruction of so many Jewish businesses that night left broken glass scattered on the streets, the event is referred to as Kristallnacht, or “Crystal Night,” that is, “Night of Broken Glass.” The Memorandum concerning Kristallnacht from Reinhard Heydrich, at the time the head of the nation's Sicherheitspolizei (“security police”), an organization that...