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Title: 48 Hours of Kristallnacht
Author: Mitchell G. Bard, Ph.D.
Genre: World War II, Politics

I have posted a couple of excerpts from this book over the past year or so & it is high time I recommended it to those of you who are interested in what transpired on Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass).

48 Hours of Kristallnacht is the first book to thoroughly chronicle this pivotal event by presenting a wide array of eyewitness testimony, much of it previously unpublished, & to set the event firmly in historical context. Drawing on his unprecedented access to key archives, Dr. Mitchell G. Bard presents a shocking story that centers on the words of those who, as children, were on the scene first-hand. Together, these accounts & Bard’s incisive analysis reveal what led up to the pogroms, how they transpired, & their aftermath – & why the Holocaust can be dated from these two harrowing nights.

Kristallnacht’s new Book of Lamentations. The power of Mitchell Bard’s 48 Hours of Kristallnacht derives from the start & vivid words of German Jewish children who, in a single day, saw their well-ordered world suddenly destroyed by the Nazis’ brutality & by the apathy & silence of their neighbors & classmates.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper
Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Mitchell G. Bard’s book, 48 Hours of Kristallnacht can be purchased online via Amazon in hardcover, paperback or for your Kindle.

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48 Hours of Kristallnacht
Night of Destruction / Dawn of the Holocaust

NO CRIME TO BE JEWISH

The progressive steps to remove the Jews from German society still allowed them to remain in their homes, & most still enjoyed a certain degree of comfort. The most serious indication that Jews were no longer welcome in Germany occurred on October 27th, 1938, when about 18,000 Jews from around the Reich were arrested & transported by train to the Polish border. They were allowed to take only one suitcase with them, & all of the rest of their possessions were either looted by their neighbors or seized by the Nazis. Only 4,000 were allowed into Poland; the rest were stranded at the border.

The expulsion of the Polish Jews ultimately had an unexpected & even more devastating impact on those who remained in Germany.

Among the Jews sent to Poland was the Grynszpan family. They had been expelled from Hanover where they had lived for the previous 27 years. Their oldest son, 17-year-old Herschel, escaped the deportation because he was living in Paris, where he had been arrested & sent by cattle car at night without food or water to the Polish Border. Once they reached the frontier, the Nazi SS guards forced the Jews to run, whipping those who were not obedient or quick enough to escape the lash. Inside Poland, the Jews were housed in filthy horse stables. The starving people eventually received a shipment of bread, but not enough arrived to feed everyone.

The postcard infuriated Herschel. He decided to seek revenge for the treatment of his family.

At 8:35am on November 6th, Herschel went to a sporting & hunting goods store in Paris & bought a gun. About an hour later he calmly presented himself at the German Embassy & asked to see the ambassador, Johannes von Welczeck. The ambassador was actually heading out & overheard the request, but ignored it & continued on his way. Herschel insisted on seeing someone to whom he could deliver what he claimed was an important document. His persistence lead him to Third Secretary Ernst vom Rath.

Ironically, vom Rath was under investigation by the Gestapo because he was suspected of lacking the proper zealotry expected of a Nazi official, particularly toward the Jews. Grynszpan knew nothing about the man except that he represented the government that had deported & abused his family. When vom Rath asked to see the document he was carrying, Herschel shouted, “You are a sale boche (filthy kraut) & here, in the name of 12,000 persecuted Jews, is your document!” He then fired five shots at close range; the first two penetrated the diplomat’s stomach, the rest missed. Vom Rath was wounded but still conscious. Herschel seemed surprised he wasn’t dead & remained standing calmly in the office as the scene grew chaotic. Herschel did not resist when police came & escorted him from the embassy to a nearby police station. “I did it to avenge my parents, who are living in misery in Germany,” Herschel informed the officers. He later told his interrogators, “It’s not a crime to be Jewish. I’m not a dog. I have the right to live & the Jewish people has the right to exist in this world. Everywhere I am persecuted like an animal.”

Vom Rath was rushed to the hospital after the shooting, but he succumbed to his injuries & died at 5:30pm on November 9th.

From 48 Hours of Kristallnacht: Night of Destruction / Dawn of the Holocaust, by Mitchell G. Brad, Ph.D.

Documentary: Auschwitz: Inside The Nazi State

This 6-part series tells the story of the Auschwitz Death Camp, site of the largest mass murder in history. Writer Laurence Rees & his team interviewed over 100 eyewitnesses, including former Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time. Their story is brought to life through the use of archived footage, recreations of key moments, computer reconstructions based on recently discovered plans of the camp & their testimony.

Episode 1: Surprising Beginnings [View here]
Episode 2: Orders & Initiatives [View here]
Episode 3: Factories of Death [View here]
Episode 4 & 5: Corruption / Murder & Intrigue [View here]
Episode 6: Liberation & Revenge [View here]

ARTICLE BY Denis Avey PUBLISHED IN THE TELEGRAPH

In a second extract from Denis Avey’s astonishing memoir, ‘The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz‘, the former British prisoner-of-war recalls how a secret consignment of cigarettes and chocolate from home enabled him to keep a Jewish inmate he befriended alive. [Read More]

ARTICLE BY Jonathan Horn PUBLISHED ON SIGNON SAN DIEGO

Adolf Hitler’s first Nazi ID card, Benito Mussolini’s fez, & General Sepp Dietrich’s sword have all been in & out of the hands of Craig Gottlieb, a man of Jewish descent who deals Nazi memorabilia out of his Solana Beach office.

Now he has something with a historical significance that could trump all those.

Gottlieb is selling Hitler’s inkwell desk set, used in the signing of the disastrous 1938 Munich Pact, for between $750,000 & $1 million. “That’s basically the surface upon which the fate of nations was decided,” he said.

His office in Solana Beach is, frankly, scary. It’s adorned with a swastika flag. Several SS uniforms line the walls. A display case holds Nazi hats. An electrician once reported him to sheriff’s deputies on fears Gottlieb was running a militia.

It’s actually his line of work — selling mainly World War II items, with a focus on Nazis, the architects of the Holocaust. It’s a path that Gottlieb, born to Jewish parents & who said he had family who died in the genocide, has had to reconcile. [Read More]

ARTICLE BY Sarah Helm PUBLISHED ON A-FE

Another important “privileged” group were Jews in mixed marriages. Nazi hardliners argued that Jews married to non-Jews had “infected” the “Aryan” line & should be exterminated first, but Goebbels was still concerned about protests. These Jews were prosperous, & many had friends or relatives who were now senior Nazi figures. As Goebbels put it, the position of intermarried Jews was “sensitive” & their deportation was deferred.

Russian soldiers fighting their way through the rubble of Berlin in the last days of the war turned the corner of Iranische Strasse, in the district of Wedding, & came across an elegant building almost intact. Fanning out to search the structure, the Russians ransacked the place, room by room. Medical equipment & rows of beds showed that it had once been a hospital. Searching deep into the bowels of the building, the Russian liberators burst open cellar doors, & in the darkness made out hundreds of cowering figures – more than 800 people in all.

The soldiers swept through in an orgy of rape. Only when the Red Army commanders arrived was the question asked: “But who are you?”

“We are Jews.”

“You are Jews?” exclaimed the astonished Russians, whose path to Berlin had taken them through the smoldering remains of Nazi death camps. “Why aren’t you dead yet?”

The discovery that 800 Jews had survived Hitler’s Final Solution in the middle of Berlin staggered the city’s liberators. That they had survived in the full knowledge of the Nazi high command beggared all belief. The Russians had stumbled upon the last Jewish sanctuary in Germany – & upon an extraordinary story of survival. & yet over the years it has been a story that few have been able or willing to tell. Because how could this have happened? Who were these survivors? & what was Hitler’s sinister purpose in permitting them to live?

Among those 800 men & women were personal dramas of every kind. They were the bravest of the brave, the lucky & the cunning. They were collaborators & spies. There were also many “privileged” Jews – spouses of non-Jewish Germans. But most mysteriously, they were Jews whose lives had been protected by the highest-ranking Nazis. Little is known about them because their files were burnt by the Gestapo just days before the Russians arrived. [Read More]