Kristallnacht

       Kristallnacht ( aka The Night of Broken Glass) had a disastrous  effect on the jewish community because, it killed thousands of jewish people, they lost all their businesses churches and homes, and they lost their sense of dignity.

 

       Kristallnacht had a disastrous effect on the jewish community by killing thousands of jewish people, this harmed families, and their jobs. After many hate crimes against Jewish people occurred, many Jewish males got put into prison for the quote on quote “crime of being a Jew”. For Example, the website, ushmm.org states, “The morning after the pogroms 30,000 German Jewish men were arrested for the “crime” of being Jewish and sent to concentration camps, where hundreds of them perished.”  This proves my topic sentence because this affected the Jewish Community by labeling them as a different kind of people just based off of their religion. During this time Jews were practically treated like slaves they had no control over anything, they had curfews on when they could be outside of their homes and they could not own businesses unless the manager was not Jewish. To further explain, the website Ushmm.org also states, “Some Jewish women were also arrested and sent to local jails. Businesses owned by Jews were not allowed to reopen unless they were managed by non-Jews. Curfews were placed on Jews, limiting the hours of the day they could leave their homes.”  This supports the topic sentence because the economy was totally broken by the night of broken glass because they were preventing Jewish people for making a living.When they placed curfews on Jewish people it made it very hard for them to run businesses support their families and get the essential supplies they need to survive because there were barely granted enough time to go out to the store to get food food for their families. “ Curfews were placed on Jews, limiting the hours of the day they could leave their homes.” The even prevented the Jewish from leaving their own house.

 

               Even after Kristallnacht life was still hard for jewish people,  they had to suffer through segregation, poverty, and abuse from others. “After the “Night of Broken Glass,” life was even more difficult for German and Austrian Jewish children and teenagers. Already barred from entering museums, public playgrounds, and swimming pools, now they were expelled from the public schools.”  The Jewish were completely segregated during the night of broken glass because of their religion and we’re prevented from living normal lives.While they were being segregated they weren’t allowed into museums schools or even swimming pools this made the Jewish very depressed and they were even some cases of families killing themselves. “Jewish youngsters, like their parents, were totally segregated in Germany. In despair, many Jewish adults committed suicide. Most families tried desperately to leave.” Living in a time like this is a Jewish person was extremely depressing and difficult causing certain families to commit suicide. The most unbelievable part to me is the fact that the Jewish were taken responsible for the damages caused by Nazis because they were Jewish and they had to pay the fines and the Damage that the Nazis made. “In addition, the Nazis determined that the Jews should be liable for the damages caused during “Kristallnacht.” They also blame the Jewish Community for the damage caused during the night of broken glass.

 

                  When Kristallnacht occurred it ruined the lives of the jewish because the Nazis looted, burned, and destroyed their homes, shops, and churches. Violent attacks against the jewish community were called “spontaneous demonstrations” to hide the fact that they did it as a sole purpose to harm the jewish community. Violent riots disguised as “spontaneous demonstrations” against Jewish citizens. Local police and fire departments were told not to interfere. In the face of all the devastation, some Jews, including entire families, committed suicide.” This would affect the Jewish Community because they would have to be completely aware and afraid of random attacks and beatings. This was a message from one of the main leaders of the night of broken glass saying that they have no sympathy for the people who were victims of the night of broken glass. “We shed not a tear for them [the Jews.]” He went on to comment on the destruction of synagogues saying, “They stood in the way long enough. We can use the space made free more usefully than as Jewish fortresses.” This shows how little sympathy the abusers during the night of broken glass had towards the Jewish community. they tried to eliminate the Jewish people from society by preventing them from making a living and leaving their homes at certain times. “The Nazis issued the “Decree on Eliminating the Jews from German Economic Life,” which prohibited Jews from selling goods or services anywhere, from engaging in crafts work, from serving as the managers of any firms, and from being members of cooperatives.” This also had a huge effect on the Jewish Community economically because it prevented them from striving in life and supporting their families.

 

In conclusion, this is how The Night of Broken Glass affected the jewish community in a very negative manner.

 

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