February 22, 2020

Ambassador Grenell Commemorates Kristallnacht Memorial on 80th Anniversary

United States Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell paid his respects at a memorial for Kristallnacht victims on Friday.

Grenell can be seen walking down Track 17, where tens of thousands of Jews were deported from Berlin to the Nazi concentration camps:

Grenell also tweeted out a video of a tribute to the Kristallnacht victims from the Central Council of Jews:

Friday marked the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass. The Nazis used the assassination of a member of the German embassy in Paris to incite mobs into attacking Jews and ransacking their businesses.

“At least 96 Jews were killed and hundreds more injured, more than 1,000 synagogues were burned (and possibly as many as 2,000), almost 7,500 Jewish businesses were destroyed, cemeteries and schools were vandalized, and 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps,” Jewish Virtual Library states.