Crystal Night commemorated in Amsterdam

9th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Crystal Night 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 deported to Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

In the night of 9 November 1938, Nazis set fire to 267 synagogues and thousands of Jewish shops in Germany. Chrystal Night, also known as the Night of Broken Glass, refers 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. “All people in our country should live together peacefully, respectfully and without discrimination […] there should never be room for anti- Semitism and rascism in the Netherlands and Amsterdam."  

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