Kristallnacht -- A Turning Point

November 12, 2019

Eighty one years ago, on November 9–10, 1938, Jews in Nazi Germany and its occupied territory were subjected to ruthless destruction and incarceration in what became known as Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. On that night, shattered glass littered the streets and Jewish-owned businesses, synagogues, and homes were vandalized and destroyed. Thirty thousand Jewish men were rounded up and taken to concentration camps.

The violence of Kristallnacht was a dramatic escalation of Nazi anti-Jewish policy, which deprived Jews of their citizenship, their property and businesses and their rights to participate in German economic and cultural life. This was the first time Nazi officials unleashed widespread assaults and devastation inflicted on the Jewish community. After Kristallnacht, the Jewish community was forced to pay one billion Reichmarks to compensate Germany for the property damage. New anti-Jewish laws and decrees soon followed. It became clear to many Jews under Nazi occupation, that it was imperative that they leave.

Although this unprecedented violence against the Germany’s Jews prompted outrage in the United States and around the world, American public opinion reflected the tough economic times, restrictive immigration policy and antisemitism. See the poll below:


What Does War Make Possible?

September 10, 2019

A headline on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website reads:   WHAT DOES WAR MAKE POSSIBLE?

September 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II.

Hidden pages in Anne Frank's diary revealed

May 17, 2018

On May 15, 2018, the Anne Frank House, the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, and the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, published hidden text found beneath gummed paper in Anne Frank's first diary. 

World War II veteran and legislator John P. Yates passes away

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Representative John P. Yates passed away Monday, December 11, 2017, at the age of 96. He was the last World War II veteran to serve in the Georgia General Assembly. He participated as a candlelighter in the state's official Holocaust Days of Remembrance in 1995, 2010, and 2015. He is one of seven veterans from Georgia featured in our exhibit "Georgia's Response to the Holocaust: Witnesses to Liberation".

New perspective on Anne Frank's arrest

April 14, 2017

On December 16, 2016, the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam published new research about the arrest of Anne Frank and the occupants of the Secret Annex It does not refute the possibility of betrayal but it addresses the existing assumptions and suggests new considerations.