NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
9th November, 1938 : The whole of Germany’s Jewish community was tonight subjected to a reign of terror. Dr Josef Goebbels, Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, claims the orgy of violence and arson was a spontaneous reaction to the killing of a German diplomat in Paris by a young Polish Jew. The attacks began simultaneously throughout the country, loutish Storm-troopers being joined by middle-class folk. More than 7,000 Jewish shops were looted and hundreds of synagogues burnt down. In Berlin, well- dressed women clapped and screamed with laughter at the sight of Jews being beaten senseless by youths with lead pipe.