The scene in Washington D.C. last week has left many comparing the riots to Kristallnacht, the so-called “Night of Broken Glass,” the Nazi pogrom which served as a prelude to the Holocaust.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California, made the connection in a powerful video message, speaking about his father’s alcoholism and the abuse he and other Austrian children experienced growing up under the generation of men who lived with the shame of supporting the Nazi regime.
“Wednesday was the ‘Day of Broken Glass’ right here in the United States,” Schwarzenegger said. “The broken glass was in the windows of the United States Capitol.”
However, others had a different take. For former Republican Congressman Steve King and right-wing media figure Jeanine Pirro, who goes by Judge Jeanine on Fox News, the American Kristallnacht wasn’t the mob raid on the Capitol which left five dead. Rather, it was the shutdown of Parler, the alternative social media site popular among the far-right, and a hotbed for antisemitism.
I have lost 8,000 followers on this Twitter account in one day. Apple, Google, Facebook, & others have cancelled many conservatives. Last night was cyber god’s Kristallnacht! https://t.co/CrIwrWNAaq— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 10, 2021
Fox’s Jeanine Pirro says the deplatforming of Parler, a haven for white supremacists, “is akin to a Kristallnacht,” an infamous night of Nazi hate crimes against Jewish people. pic.twitter.com/D3L6JrkD1X— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 11, 2021
“What we’re seeing is a kind of censorship which is akin to a Kristallnacht,” Pirro said. She later clarified her comparison, writing on Twitter that she had been referring to the destruction of Jewish books that took place as part of Kristallnacth.
Prominent Jews — both on the left and the right — wasted no time in calling the two out and pointing out that Kristallnacht was not an act of censorship, but a pogrom which included the burning of more than 250 synagogues and the damage and destruction of thousands of Jewish businesses across Germany. By morning, 91 Jews were dead and 30,000 were arrested and shipped off to concentration camps. It is widely considered to mark the beginning of the Holocaust.
Kristallnacht was an organized pogrom by the Sturmabteilung and Hitler Youth destroying hundreds of synagogues and thousands of Jewish-owned businesses, killing dozens of Jews, and hauling tens of thousands of Jewish men to concentration camps such as Buchenwald. https://t.co/zWxAAc5SOC— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 11, 2021
Yes Kristallnacht, where Jews were denied a forum to plan Nazi terror.https://t.co/A74QZ6Z50Q— Eli Valley (@elivalley) January 11, 2021
Your occasional reminder that Fox News has a board of directors who are responsible for this programming, and, for that matter, for the salaries of Ms. Pirro and those listening:
Paul Ryan https://t.co/Tmkb8uNcXG— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 11, 2021
CAN EVERYONE STOP WITH THE TERRIBLY IGNORANT HOLOCAUST COMPARISONS?!?!
If you didn’t lose anyone to Hitler’s death machine then KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!
That includes you @Schwarzeneggerhttps://t.co/fWgAR8sTxA— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) January 11, 2021
Members of my family were taken to concentration camps on Kristallnacht, our synagogue was burned to the ground, and my grandparents and their families were forced to flee for their lives.
This is nothing like that, @JudgeJeanine. You owe us an apology.https://t.co/i62BwDabKI— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) January 11, 2021