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Nov 10, 2011 13:14
Category: Religious News

German synagogue opened on "Night of Broken Glass"

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's president has inaugurated a new
synagogue on the anniversary of the 1938 Nazi anti-Jewish pogrom
that was known as "Kristallnacht," or the "Night of Broken
Glass."
     President Christian Wulff said the new synagogue in Speyer
carried the promise of a "new and permanent presence of Jewish
life" in the southwestern city, whose old synagogue was burned
down in the pogrom.
     At least 91 German Jews were killed across the country in the
state-sanctioned riots. More than 200 synagogues were destroyed and
thousands of Jewish businesses were vandalized.
     Nov. 9 is also the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in
1989. Germany's Jewish community has grown since then, helped by
immigration from the former Soviet Union.