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"These things come in waves": Kristallnacht in 1938 and where we are 80 years later

On November 9 and 10, 1938, the anti-Jewish restrictions and propaganda that had been smoldering since 1933 burst into violent flame with Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass."

And although it has become commonplace to invoke the Holocaust as a metaphor in many kinds of  discourse, there are disturbing similarities between the culture that evolved from prejudice and antisemitism to silence in the face of 11 million people killed.

The Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Memorial Lecture Series at UMD was established "to remember, with dignity, the lives and sufferings of the victims and to encourage change through the dissemination of truth, justice, and peace."

More information about Kristallnacht and the Holocaust, including exhibitions, collections, academic research, and information about genocide prevention, antisemitism and Holocaust denial is available at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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