German ‘Kristallnacht’ commemoration marred by rows





FRANKFURT - A row over the choice of a guest speaker clouded Tuesday Germany's main event to commemorate ‘Kristallnacht’, the anniversary of the beginning of deadly pogroms against Jews across Nazi Germany.

"Kristallnacht," or Night of Broken Glass on November 9, 1938, was the first openly violent Nazi-sanctioned targeting of Jews, when mobs torched synagogues and destroyed thousands of Jewish shops and private homes around the country....

Key speaker at the main remembrance ceremony at Frankfurt’s St. Paul's church was German-born French author Alfred Grosser. In his speech he criticized Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians, saying it could not be expected that those in Gaza could "understand the horror of assassinations, if you do not show great sympathy in understanding the suffering in the Gaza Strip." ...


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