Today marks 75 years since the Kristallnacht (Night of the broken glass) events in Germany and Austria in which many Jewish synagogues and businesses were destroyed and at least 91 Jews were killed and 30,000 arrested. The events were spurred by the death of a German diplomat in Paris who was shot several day prior by a German Jew. Many historians regard the Kristallnacht as the beginning of the Holocaust. A sad day in history.
Several years ago while living in Germany, on the anniversary of this event, I left flowers on the monument which marked the location of the local synagogue which was destroyed on this night, in the town where I lived and went to dinner. When I left the restaurant after dinner, the flowers were gone.