- Publisher: Inst for Historical Review (June 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0939484374
- ISBN-13: 978-0939484379
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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Kristallnacht wasn't a military conflict, of course, but it BECAME (see Vultures above) part of the run-up to a monumental conflict - indeed, part of the CAUSES for said conflict. This conflict, beginning less than a year after Kristallnacht, has grossly distorted historical understanding of the incident, for people on both sides.
Weikert tries to view the matter without the occluding "hindsight" that World War II has long enshrouded the subject in. Her attempt is very valuable, and provides a quantum leap from wartime propaganda toward . . . the truth.
HOWEVER, I did see things that clearly support her contention that the destruction of Jewish property and the burning of Synagogues was definitely not an official, or even unofficial act of the governing Socialist Party.
As I watched, I saw the police in our town making strong efforts to protect persons and property wherever they could; protect them from loud unruly mobs running through the street -- these mobs were in no way connected with any official state business. The state of peace and order in Germany during these pre-war years was exemplary.
The damage and destruction of that November day were strongly opposed during the following days and weeks by repeated notices on radio and by word-of-mouth. I saw local Jews protected from the mob, but I did see a Jewish clothing store which had been set on fire, allowed to burn out, while the fire service protected the adjoining properties.
As Weckert points out, these terrible events were far more destructive to Germany in the long run, having their ill effects on international views of Germany to this day.
What I found to be particularly noteworthy in Weckert's book is the absence of words of negative affective connotation, a clever device familiar to all students of semantics. Almost every one of the hundreds of book and TV program I have seen on the subject of National Socialist Germany during those years has many examples of this clever semantic device, obviously designed to instill and enforce within a reader's mind the views of the writer, not necessarily an exposure of facts.