Holocaust Museum Marks Kristallnacht Anniversary

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The flame burns as a man reads the names of victims of the Holocaust in the Hall of Remembrance at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

The flame burns as a man reads the names of victims of the Holocaust in the Hall of Remembrance at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is marking the anniversary of a seminal event in the history of the Holocaust.

On Thursday, four Washington-area Holocaust survivors are gathering with German Ambassador Peter Ammon to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

On Nov. 9 and 10 in 1938, Nazi officials, Storm Troopers and others carried out a campaign of anti-Jewish violence in Germany. The events came to be known as Kristallnacht in reference to the countless broken windows in synagogues and stores and homes plundered during the violence. At least 91 Jews were killed at the time.

The museum says German civilians’ passive reaction signaled to Nazi leaders that the public was prepared for more extreme measures, leading to the Holocaust.

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