A silent march in Berlin to mark 75th anniversary of 'Kristallnacht'

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STORY: As Germany marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the 'Night of Broken Glass' on November 9, a somber march of religious leaders and local politicians took place in downtown Berlin on Saturday, marking places where the Nazis left their burning mark on many of the city's landmarks.

On November 9, 1938, a state-sponsored spree of looting and destruction of Jewish property across Germany and Austria marked a turning point in Nazi policy as Adolf Hitler unleashed the general population against the Jews.

Scores of Jews were killed on Kristallnacht, and thousands of Jewish businesses and synagogues were ransacked as law-enforcement organs looked on, signaling the start of the Holocaust.

But the nature of remembrance is changing as governments absorb the work once done by activists, and the focus switches from bringing the perpetrators to justice to educating a generation growing up as the events fade from living memory

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