Kristallnacht Reports

WL 1375
Language of Description
1 Jan 1938 - 31 Dec 1939
Level of Description
  • German
  • Dutch
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

2 volumes


Biographical History

Kristallnacht, also known as Reichskristallnacht, Reichspogromnacht, Crystal Night and the Night of the Broken Glass, was a pogrom against Jews throughout Germany, 9 Nov-10 Nov 1938. Jewish homes along with 8,000 Jewish shops were ransacked in numerous German cities, towns and villages as civilians and both the SA (Sturmabteilung) and the SS (Schutzstaffel) destroyed buildings with sledgehammers, leaving the streets covered in shards of glass from broken windows - the origin of the name Night of Broken Glass . Jews were beaten to death. 30,000 Jewish men were taken to concentration camps and 1,668 synagogues ransacked, with 267 set on fire.


Jewish Central Information Office

Scope and Content

A Collection of circa 350 reports on Kristallnacht, and the aftermath, 1938-1939, anonymised to protect the identity of the authors. Collected by the Jewish Central Information Office in the immediate aftermath of the events themselves.

System of Arrangement

Original order.

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Finding Aids

  • Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue

Process Info

  • Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Corporate Bodies



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