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Kristallnacht Trending on Twitter — and Not Just for a History Lesson

People on Twitter are using the hashtag #Kristallnacht to comment on Donald Trump’s election — and not everyone is OK with that.

The November pogroms - more commonly known as Kristallacht or Crystal Night - were a serious of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany on 9–10 November 1938. Paramilitary forces and German civilians burnt synagogues and destroyed Jewish businesses. About 30,000 Jews were attested and sent to concentration camps.

Wednesday morning, #Kristallacht started trending on Twitter.

And while a good number of these tweets are meant to memorialize and mourn what happened almost eighty years ago, even more Twitter users are using it to express their shock and disdain about today’s election results.

Take a look at same of the examples

But not everybody was happy about the comparison to present day politics.

Lilly Maier is a news intern at the Forward. Reach her at or on Twitter at @lillymmaier


Lilly Maier

Lilly Maier

Lilly Maier is a news intern at the Forward. She is a graduate journalism student at New York University, where she studies as a Fulbright scholar. She also holds a B.A. in Jewish history from the University of Munich.
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