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Aachen during Kristallnacht: An account

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1585
Held at: Wiener Library
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Full title: Aachen during Kristallnacht: An account
Date(s): 2000
Level of description: Collection level (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Prean | Erica | b 1930


Administrative/Biographical history:

Kristallnacht, also known as Reichskristallnacht, Reichspogromnacht, Crystal Night and the Night of the Broken Glass, was a pogrom against Jews throughout Germany, 9-10 November 1938. Jewish homes along with 8,000 Jewish shops were ransacked in numerous German cities, towns and villages as civilians and both the SA (Sturmabteilung) and the SS (Schutzstaffel) destroyed buildings with sledgehammers, leaving the streets covered in shards of glass from broken windows, the origin of the name 'Night of Broken Glass'. Jews were beaten to death, 30,000 Jewish men were taken to concentration camps and 1,668 synagogues ransacked, with 267 set on fire.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers comprise an account of Kristallnacht in Aachen, 2000, written years later by Erica Prean, who was 8 years old when the events took place.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 item.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Finding aids:

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue

Archival Information

Archival history:

This account of the anti-Jewish pogrom in Aachen, North Rhine Westfalia, was written by a former resident.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Erica Prean.

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April 2008

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