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[krees-tahl-nahkht] /krisˈtɑlˌnɑxt/
a Nazi pogrom throughout Germany and Austria on the night of November 9–10, 1938, during which Jews were killed and their property destroyed.
Origin of Kristallnacht
< German Kristall crystal + Nacht night Unabridged
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  • I had even quoted the Kristallnacht story in my published work.
Word Origin and History for Kristallnacht

in reference to the pogrom of Nov. 9-10, 1938, in Germany and Austria; from German, literally "crystal night;" often translated as "Night of Broken Glass."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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