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Lessons of Kristallnacht: Don't Turn A Blind Eye

75 years after 'the night of broken glass' the lesson not to turn a blind eye on impending disaster is particularly pertinent.
By Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 11/11/2013, 11:51 AM

Kristallnacht memorial
Kristallnacht memorial
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Sunday marked 75 years since Kristallnacht, when Nazis murdered roughly 500 Jews and sent over 30,000 others to concentration camps, destroying thousands of Jewish owned shops, houses and synagogues in an organized large-scale pogrom throughout Germany.

The memorial serves as a reminder not to turn a blind eye on impending disaster and emphasizes the importance of intervening to prevent tragedy before it is too late.

Dr. Robert Rozett, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center's Director of Libraries, spoke to Arutz Sheva Sunday during Yad Vashem's memorial event

He stressed the need to apply the lessons of Kristallnacht to our times. During the pogrom, "neighbors went against their neighbors," and even though the whole world heard of the event as reports flooded the newspapers, no intervention was taken to prevent the horrific disasters of the Holocaust which followed soon thereafter.

The lesson of not ignoring anti-Semitism comes at a particularly pertinent time, as recent surveys found that 75% of European Jews say anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe.

Anti-Semitism is also a problem in the US, where recently three families filed a lawsuit over shocking levels of anti-Semitism at their New York school district.