KRISTALLNACHT,
THE NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS:
November 9-10, 1938

Poem by Eva
The uneasiness felt throughout the land
Did not point to "all was well".
Soon, the evil that was lurking
Like a cold, dark blanket fell.

Then was heard life's shattering sound
Throughout the German nation:
An horrific sound that stirred up
Hell's minions to exhilaration.

Rocks crashed through Jewish shop windows,
With glass shattering everywhere.
Synagogues were burnt fast to the ground
And homes were pillaged without a care.

They pleaded for mercy and for justice
From those who'd desired them dead.
While their neighbors, in deafening silence,
Quickly turned away their heads.

It was a night unlike all other nights
For Israel's sons and daughters
Just like sheep, they were led away,
Earmarked for the slaughter.

Kristallnacht was the very spark
that ignited the Holocaust,
A great and unspeakable evil
Where 6,000,000 Jewish lives were lost.

The entire world stood guilty
Of this crime against humanity
Hitler, the Nazis, the Church and the Nations
All played a role in this atrocity.

The bystanders were the largest group
Indifferent, filled with shame,
Their passivity and their silence
Helped ignite HaShoah's flame.

The lesson here speaks loud and clear.
Evil will yet prevail.
History will repeat itself
When good men, by their silence, fail.
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