Kristallnacht

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Etymology[edit]

From Kristall (crystal) +‎ Nacht (night), alluding to the crystals of broken glass from the destroyed shop and synagogue windows.

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Kristallnacht

  1. (historical) the night of November 9–10, 1938, when a state-organized night of terror was staged against Jews in Germany and Austria

Usage notes[edit]

The term may be regarded as a euphemism and Reichspogromnacht (literally Reich's Pogrom Night) may be used instead.

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