Federal President Steinmeier commemorates Reichspogromnacht – Germany Institute


Steinmeier said he was ashamed that Jews in Germany do not feel safe walking the streets with a kippah, and that Jewish places of worship must be secured. He referred to, among other things, the attack on a synagogue in Halle last year. Steinmeier called for action and spoke out for the protection of Jewish life.

Steinmeier released a video message together with the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin and Federal President of Austria Alexander van der Bellen. The message is part of a worldwide campaign in memory of the pogroms of 1938. Read more at Tagesschau

In the Reichspogromnacht from 9 to 10 November 1938, the Nazis destroyed countless Jewish synagogues, businesses and homes. During the night itself 91 people were killed, but in the period after that many more people died as a result of the violence. Many people also committed suicide. The German historical reference book LeMo of the Deutsches Historisches Museum, speaks of 1,300 dead. More than 30,000 Jewish men were taken to concentration camps.

The commemoration of the Reichspogromnacht November 9 coincides with the commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. The revolution of 1918 also began on that date. This makes 9 November a complex anniversary for the Germans. Read more about commemoration day 9 November


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