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Eugene Marlow | Zikkaron / Kristallnacht (Remembrance of Kristallnacht): A Family Story

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Zikkaron / Kristallnacht (Remembrance of Kristallnacht): A Family Story

by Eugene Marlow

"Zikkaron/Kristallnacht (Remembrance of Kristallnacht) tells the story in music and a few words of composer Eugene Marlow's maternal family in Leipzig, Germany on November 9, 1938 during. "The Night of Broken Glass."
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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Ernst Eduard vom Rath (3 June 1909 – 9 November 1938), a German diplomat, was assassinated in Paris in 1938 by a Jewish teenager, Herschel Grynszpan. This became the pretext for “Kristallnacht,” the “Night of Broken Glass” on November 9-10, 1938 by the Nazis.

The name “Kristallnacht” comes from the shards of broken glass that littered the streets after Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues had their windows smashed.

The true number of Jews massacred in the attacks will probably never be known, but it was certainly many times greater than the "published 91+ dead," when the maltreatment of the Jewish men after they were arrested is taken into consideration, along with at least 300 suicides caused by the despair it engendered. Jewish deaths undoubtedly ran into the hundreds.

Additionally, 30,000 were arrested and incarcerated in Nazi concentration camps. Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers.

Over 1,000 synagogues were burned (95 in Vienna alone) and over 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged.

“Kristallnacht “was followed by additional economic and political persecution of Jews, and is viewed by historians as part of Nazi Germany's broader racial policy, and the beginning of the Final Solution and The Holocaust.

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