The Night of Broken Glass edited by Uta Gerhardt and Thomas Karlauf ??? review | Books | The Guardian

The Night of Broken Glass: Eyewitness Accounts of Kristallnacht

This riveting book prints a collection of 21 eyewitness accounts by German Jews of the terrible night of 9 November 1938, when, on the orders of Adolf Hitler and his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, bands of stormtroopers all over Germany and Austria burned down more than 1,000 synagogues and smashed up some 7,500 Jewish-owned shops. The shards of shop windows that littered the streets on the morning of 10 November led Berliners, with typically bitter humour, to dub the events of the previous hours the “Reich Night of Broken Glass”, satirically imitating such Nazi events as the “Reich Day of Labour”