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Kristallnacht: Ernst Vom Rath : Western Civilization II Guides

The Kristallnacht happened due to a chain of events that eventfully lead to the night of broken glass. Ernst Vom Rath was a SA for the Nazi Party located in Paris as an ambassador. On November 7, 1938 a 17-year-old Jewish boy named Herschel Grynszpan killed Rath for revenge for his Polish family, who were kicked out of Poland, forced to live in a refugee camp in between Poland and Germany, and were deemed non-citizen of the Polish state. After Rath died two days after being shot, on November 9, Joseph Goebbels said in his speech, for the anniversary of the Nazi coup ‘de ‘tat in 1923, that no one would be charged if any property was damaged. These two events gave the German population an excuse to destroy Jewish stores and property. Europe was already had deep roots of Anti-Semitism
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