Transcript for 11/9/88: 50 Years After Kristallnacht
There have been ceremonies around the world today to mark the night on which the Nazi holocaust began on November the ninth 1938. Nazi storm troopers attacked Jewish homes businesses and synagogues. Throughout Germany and occupied Austria the Germans called -- -- knocked. Crystal night so named for the broken glass left in the streets the next morning it was the beginning. Of the systematic terror which led to the murders of six million Jews ABC's David ensor is in west Germany today. In Frankfurt synagogue chancellor Helmut Kohl lent his nation in a gesture of pennant was it remains a cause of deep shame said -- and a -- Germans kept silent before. Chancellor you are lying one protester shouted when call went on to praise German Jewish relations since the war. Some Jews are bitter and called for his visit with President Reagan three years ago to the Pittsburgh cemetery where some Nazi SS men -- very -- movement will be at the Q but most -- today were remembering that night of -- half a century ago. -- -- was a mixture of method and madness smashed shop windows killings first deportations to camps burning synagogues. Mistake of -- signs of what the Nazis planned to do. To this day all over Germany there are the ruins of synagogues abandoned. -- -- But today a new synagogue opened in the little town of -- -- Paid for by the town to replace the three burned down here in 1938. Jews whose families fled from here came from around the world to remember. Really emotional. We left -- -- fifty years ago. With the family. And we have returned there are only a 130 Jews left in the town for the Holocaust there were 3000. More than a place of worship for Jews the new synagogue is a symbol of German atonement. David ensor ABC news Darmstadt.
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