A recently liberated Jewish man holds a Nazi at gunpoint.
Tonight marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass, one the most violent and brutal pogroms in living memory.
Over 90 Jews were savagely killed on the streets, 30000 were arrested and taken to concentration camps to be worked or starved to death, 1000 synagogues were destroyed, and 7000 Jewish-owned businesses were attacked beyond repair.
We cannot forget.
When the Nazi concentration camps were liberated by the Allies, it was a time of great jubilation for the tens of thousands of people incarcerated in them. But an often forgotten fact of this time is that prisoners who happened to be wearing the pink triangle (the Nazis’ way of marking and identifying homosexuals) were forced to serve out the rest of their sentence. This was due to a part of German law simply known as “Paragraph 175” which criminalized homosexuality. The law wasn’t repealed until 1969.
This should be required learning, internationally.
All throughout schooling, never were we taught anything about other groups being brought to concentration camps. Only the Jewish people.
My Jewish education detailed all the peoples, ethnicities and races that were decimated.
Most “Gypsies” were slaughtered before liberation and it’s STILL illegal to be Romani in many countries.
Search the article "unethical human experimentation in the United States". There's one for Germany and France too.
On August 28, 1955—eight years before the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—Emmett Till was murdered in Money, Mississippi for allegedly flirting with a white store clerk, Carolyn Bryant.
Bryant’s husband, Roy, and his half brother J. W. Milam kidnapped the 14-year-old Chicagoan from his great uncle’s home and beat him, shot him in the head, tied his body to a large metal cotton gin fan with barbed wire and dropped him into the Tallahatchie River. Three days later the teenager’s bloated, mutilated body was pulled from the river.
Till’s mother, Mamie, insisted on an open-casket funeral for her only son so that the world might see the brutality he suffered. Two Black publications, Jet and The Chicago Defender, ran pictures of Till’s casket.
Despite overwhelming evidence of their guilt, the two white men who killed Emmett Till were acquitted by an all-white jury. They went on to sell the story of murdering the teenager to Look magazine for $4,000.
The horrific death of Emmett Till is largely credited with intensifying the push for Black voter registration in Mississippi and serving as a catalyst for the civil rights movement in general.