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    Berlin Stores Mark Pogrom With Smashed Glass

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    In observance of the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom, Berlin retailers will display windows of broken glass.

    In observance of the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom, Berlin retailers will display windows of broken glass.

    About 100 stores are expected to participate in commemoration of the two days that Nazi forces ravaged the city, broke the windows of Jewish businesses, and set fire to 300 synagogues.

    In this short period of time in 1938, around 30 thousand Jewish men were also detained for deportation to concentration camps.

    90 of Germany’s Jewish citizens were killed outright.

    The November event of remembrance has been organized to "take a stand against intolerance, racism and anti-Semitism."

    Retailers involved, which includes Berlin’s iconic KaDeWe luxury department store, will cover their windows with a film that simulates the holes and fractures made to shop windows on that night.

    The displays will primarily be in an area that was particularly devastated during the Kristallnacht violence, including a stretch of stores that was at the time an important locus of arts and theater.

    This two-day happening is part of a year-long series of events organized to mark both the 1938 massacre and the 80th anniversary of the Nazi rise to power.