U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) lauded Senate approval by unanimous consent of a resolution (S. Res. 290) commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. These massacres took place November 9 and 10 across Jewish neighborhoods in Germany, German-occupied Austria, and German-occupied Czechoslovakia.
“Kristallnacht was a crucial turning point in the Holocaust – moving from a policy of removing Jews from Germany and German occupied lands, to murdering them. It stands as a particularly potent example of how hate can proliferate and erode our societies, and why I have worked tirelessly to advance global efforts to stop ethnic cleansing,” said Senator Cardin. “In my capacity as Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and decades long work as a Member of Congress, I have advanced efforts to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance and discrimination in North America and Europe. Kristallnacht stands as an enduring example of the danger of associating citizenship with ethnicity.”