Statement on 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht
As the largest UK organisation representing and supporting Holocaust survivors and refugees, the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) recalls the tragic events of Kristallnacht.
During the course of the evening of 9 November 1938 more than 1,000 synagogues were destroyed and more than 20,000 Jews were arrested and deported to concentration camps.
In reaction to the events on Kristallnacht, which further signalled Nazi Germany’s intentions to persecute European Jewry, the British government agreed to admit 10,000 unaccompanied children from Nazi-occupied Europe.
AJR Chairman, Andrew Kaufman: “Kristallnacht was a defining moment in the lives of AJR members and we attach great importance to remembering what happened across Germany and Austria during the course of that night and the devastation that followed. Commemorating the anniversary of Kristallnacht is a key date in the calendar of our members, many of whom have vivid recollections of the terror and destruction it wrought.”