Kristallnacht, literally meaning the Night of Broken Glass, but is now known by the politically correct term, Reichspogromnacht, happened in the 2-day period of Nov. 9-10, 1938. It was ostensibly sparked by the assassination of the Third Secretary to the German embassy in Paris, Ernst vom Rath. Nazi Propaganda Minister Goebbels initiated a rampage of destruction which saw the burning of synagogues, the destruction of Jewish businesses,homes, and the manhandling of Jews. The Nazis used Kristallnacht as an opportunity to
proceed with the total exclusion of Jews from society and the removal of their remaining freedom,
while expulsion of Jews from Germany was accelerated. The causes of this event were
partly economic, but had a great deal to do with racial hatred and antisemitism on
the part of Hitler and the Nazis, whose goal was a racially pure German nation.