Mob law ruled in Berlin throughout the afternoon and evening and hordes of hooligans indulged in an orgy of destruction. I have seen several anti-Jewish outbreaks in Germany during the last five years, but never anything as nauseating as this. Racial hatred and hysteria seemed to have taken complete hold of otherwise decent people. I saw fashionably dressed women clapping their hands and screaming with glee, while respectable middle-class mothers held up their babies to see the "fun."Kristallnacht was the logical path following the election of a power-hungry racist. As chancellor, Hitler placed the blame for the economic pain being felt by some of the German people on the doorstep of other, more easily singled-out segments of the citizenry – not just Jews but also gays, immigrants, and the disabled. Does any of this sound familiar?
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