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Seventy-four years ago on the night of November 9/10, an unparalleled rampage of terror and violence was unleashed in Germany. It became rather quaintly known as Kristallnacht, or the “Night of Broken Glass”.
Martin Gilbert’s extraordinary book, Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction is a book full of numbers, dates, names, and stories. He piles fact upon fact in an attempt convey some of the horror of the terrible night and day of November 9 and 10, 1938 that came to be known as Kristallnacht. At the same time he presents many eyewitness accounts that give an agonizing human face to the terror of Kristallnacht.
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