The former Chairman of the Central Council of Jews, Charlotte Knobloch, has to 80. The anniversary of the Reich pogrom night called for more commitment against anti-Semitism. “We have in Germany very many upright Democrats,” said Knobloch, who is now President of the Israelite religious community Munich and upper Bavaria, the daily mirror. However, it is precisely on the political level, you have to log in to word, to enemy of the Jews to denounce the rule of law.

“It needs a cross-party Outcry,” said Knobloch. It was too little to deplore anti-Semitism. “The politicians must commit themselves to a Jewish community, well-being to raison d’etre.”

citizens and politicians remember this Friday at the crystal night pogrom in the night from 9. on the 10. November 1938. In the Morning Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks during a remembrance ceremony in the Bundestag. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Central Council President Josef Schuster will also be at the commemorative ceremony of the Central Council of the Jews in the Berlin synagogue in the Rykestraße, talks, Steinmeier’s talks in the evening, another Time at an event in the Academy of the arts.

On 9. November 1938, had spent the national socialists, the command for the staged “people’s anger” against the Jews in Germany. It was the first systematic attack on the German Jews, the to 13. November lasted. Hundreds of synagogues and shops were burned and looted, more than 1,500 people were murdered. 10. November were abducted, up to 30,000 Jews to concentration camps.

between – commemoration of the victims of the pogrom night in 1938 In Berlin have thought of hundreds of people to the Jewish Victims of the pogrom night. At the Holocaust memorial politicians and the Church called on representatives to the courage of his convictions. © Photo: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/dpa a warning against the consequences of the scapegoat policy

Austrian Federal President, Alexander Van der Bellen, called in memory of the Kristallnacht, also to be vigilant against anti-Semitism and racism. History should be seen as an example of “where to scapegoat politics, baiting, and exclusion,” said Van der Bellen at a commemorative event at the former site of the synagogue leopoldstädter Tempel in Vienna, which was destroyed in November 1938.

In Austria, had been killed by anti-Semitic violence around the Reich pogrom night for at least 30 Jews, of 7,800 Jews were arrested, 4,000 of them in the concentration camp at Dachau, deported.