Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen spoke out Thursday towards what he calls the “politics of scapegoating” on the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the notorious Nazi pogrom towards Jews.
“We will see historical past for example of the place the politics of scapegoating, incitement, and exclusion can lead,” Van der Bellen stated on the web site the place Vienna’s largest synagogue as soon as stood. “Allow us to be vigilant that degradation, persecution, and the stripping away of rights might by no means once more be repeated in our nation or in Europe.”
Proper-wing governments espousing anti-immigrant insurance policies have taken energy in a number of European nations, together with Italy, Hungary and Poland.
Extremely-conservative lawmakers have additionally taken seats in lots of European parliaments, together with Germany, the place the Different for Germany get together is the most important opposition get together.
Kristallnacht is German for “Evening of Damaged Glass.”
Germans and Austrians are remembering the two-days of maximum violence towards Jews that started 80 years in the past.
The Nazi regime, which had annexed Austria, used the capturing of a German diplomat in Paris by a Jewish scholar as a pretext.
Brown-shirted Nazi thugs spent two nights smashing the home windows of Jewish shops earlier than looting and burning them. Synagogues have been set on fireplace. Jews have been overwhelmed within the streets whereas police stood by doing nothing.
Greater than 20,000 Jews have been shipped off to focus camps whereas 1000’s of others have been arrested. The Nazis pressured Jews to compensate the federal government for the harm and cleanup.
No less than 91 individuals have been killed, however historians imagine the demise toll was a lot increased.
The historians additionally level to Kristallnacht as the start of the Holocaust and Hitler’s efforts to wipe out European Jewry.