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[Kristallnacht Prelude to Destruction Making History] E–pub ó Martin Gilbert

Early hours of November 10 coordinated destruction broke in "Cities Towns Villages Throughout The ReichMore Than 2 "towns and villages throughout the Third ReichMore than 2 synagogues were destroyed and tens thousands of Jewish businesses and homes ransackedIn this disturbing and heart wrenching work Gilbert gathers together hundreds of eye witness accounts of the Kristallnacht atrocitiesAs one British newspaper reportedBrownshirts smashed their way into Jewish houses tore down their curtains slashed carpets and upholstery with knives and broke up the furnitureTerrified children were turned sobbing out of their beds which were then smashed to piecesExtremely disturbing is the refusal of the nations of the world to take in refugeesBetween January 1933 and March 1938 than 35 000 German Jews were granted immigration certificates to Palestine Following the 1936 Arab Revolt the British restricted Jewish immigration the Holy Land to 3000 a yearOn November 30 1939 the Jewish National Council for Palestine offered to take 10 000 German Jewish children into the Holy Land to be dispersed among the 250 Jewish agricultural and urban centres thereTo appease the Arabs in Palestine and Muslims in India and other parts of the British Empire the offer to take the children was rejectedThe British authorities turned back Jewish ships full of refugees and put pressure on the governments of Yugoslavia Romania Turkey and Greece not to allow Jewish refugees passage through their territories to the Holy LandHaven t enough Jewish ives been sacrificed to appease Muslim rageProposals were made to settle Jewish in British Guiana Brazil Madagascar Uganda and Tanganyika but all were abandonedA proposal to resettle Jews in Newfoundland in Canada was rejected due to public pressure from the Gods and Heroes local population there Ireland US Secretary of State Cordell Hull blocked a proposal by the Legislative Council of the Virgin Islands to take in refugees from the Nazis claiming it was incompatible with existingawThe book is an important testimony and contains hitherto unrevealed accountsIt is an account of how hatred can Science, Technology and Culture lead to destruction on such a massive scaleToday we are faced with Jew hatred on a scale as great as that of the Nazis in the form of hatred of IsraelIf this is not stopped who knows where it willead This book contains people s stories of Nov 10th1938 when Nazi stormtroopers and Hitler youth smashed a trail through Jewish neighbourhoods destroying thousands of Jewish businesses and a thousand synagogues were destroyedThirty thousand Jews were sent to concentration camps This book does not read as a story It documents how it happened and how people felt as told to Mr Gilbert I think I found the recounting of a Nazi suad busting into a Jewish home and giving them an hour to vacate with what they could carry while a German citizen walked in and took possession The Holocaust was about No Beast So Fierce looting and stealing and as much about greed as hatred This guy is a serious nerd I found myself engrossed even though the text double backs on itself many times This is a huge compilation of first hand accounts of the Kristalnacht It deals with the emigration the orphans and of course the destruction of that night in particular Iearned so much and found myself horrified Even the moments where he talks about the heroes who tried to help escaping Jews I was horrified that they were so alone in their efforts and often penalized for acting out of basic human morality. Ther attack on Jews during the course of the Second World War was as widely reported by contemporary observersKristallnacht marked the beginning of the systematic eradication of a people who traced their origins in Germany to Roman times and was a sinister fore warning of the Holocaust By setting the tone for the terrible war to follow it shaped the second half of the twentieth century and continues to haunt us almost seventy years ater Meticulously researched and masterfully written this is an eye opening study of one of the darkest chapters in human history. Kristallnacht Prelude to Destruction Making History

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T out of Germany It was not such an easy thing as the Nazis were hardly helpful and other European countries argued over refugee uotas This part of the book is also uite sad but it is punctuated by some real heroes such as Captain Frank Foley the British Passport Control Officer in Berlin also a spy and Dr Feng Shan Ho the Chinese Consul General in Vienna Both men would work night and day to help Jews to emigrate to both Britain and China They saved thousands And there were others the Righteous as Gilbert calls them that history has also forgotten As the window to escape closes the beginnings of the Final Solution start to reveal themselves Generally my reading experience when it comes to Kristallnacht usually has involved a few pages in arger histories of the War and Nazi Germany Gilbert has provided the necessary and heartbreaking voices to an event whose scale and the hate behind it is still beyond comprehension Martin Gilbert collects and relates first hand experiences of Kristallnacht At times the book feels Last Chance Bride like aoosely connected series of mini narratives but it is so engrossing that this fact doesn t distance the reader It should be noted that if Gilbert s footnotes are any indication some of the accounts came from Whos Cheatin Who? (Thoroughbred Legacy letters that Gilbert recieved mostikely after solicting from witnesses In addition to the first hand accounts Gilbert goes into great deapth about the international reaction to Kristallnancht At times the stories are despairly others hopeful and at east one concerning the city of New York will promote a smileWhat comes across is the feeling of horror and helpless of even anger on behalf of those mentioned in the book Eually impactive are the maps in the back which show where the destruction took place #In Many Ways These Speak # many ways these speak the actual narrative This is uite an in depth ook at Kristallnacht and the immediate aftermath also including basic eventsstats that came both be Excellent detailed description of many of the events of Kristallknacht plus prelude and afterBut what s missing are some crucial things I want to know for my novel Who put the plan together When Who gave the order to proceed How was that order communicated and coordinated so uickly to virtually every City Girl in Training locale in GermanyIf you know a source for those answers pleaseet me knowNOTE 1029 I have since found the source of the Kristallknacht orders it was Heydrich and have included these events in the seuel to A FLOOD OF EVIL which I am currently writing On November 7 1938 a 17 year old German Jew Herschel Grynszpan enraged by the suffering of his parents who had been expelled from Germany together with 12 000 other Jews walked into the German embassy in Paris and shot junior German diplomat Ernst vom Rath who died three days aterVom Rath s assassination
sparked what the 
what the had been planning for months a nationwide pogrom and orgy of destruction against the Jews across the Third Reich Germany Austria and SudetenlandOn on November "8 it had been announced that Jewish children could no onger attend Aryan "it had been announced that Jewish children could no Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files longer attend Aryan elementary schools something that had hitherto been allowed where there were not sufficient Jewish elementary schools At the same time all Jewish cultural activities were suspended indefinitelyOn the night of the 9 10 November Kristallnacht took place co ordinated by the NazieadershipThat night 91 Jews were murdered and 25000 30000 were arrested and deported to concentration campsIn the. D Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps This was the moment when deliberately inflamed hatreds ignited nationwide destructionWith rare insight and acumen Martin Gilbert one of the eading historians of our time examines Kristallnacht the Night of Broken Glass and describes how the rest of the world reacted in its wake His narration of that night and day of terror is chilling vividly conveying its scale and intensity through than fifty previously unpublished eyewitness testimonies and graphic newspaper accounts of the events as they unfolded No ,

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