Kristallnacht commemorated in Amsterdam

10th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, has been commemorated in the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan gave a speech and laid a wreath outside the Hollandse Schouwburg, the theatre where Jews were rounded up before being transported to Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

On the night of 9 November 1938, Nazis set fire to 267 synagogues and thousands of Jewish shops in Germany. The termrefers to the breaking of the shop windows.

A Jewish youth organisation warned that polarisation in the Netherlands is increasing as there is less respect for religious expression: 

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