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 (krĭs′təl-näkt′, -täl-näKHt′)
The night of November 9, 1938, on which the Nazis coordinated an attack on Jewish people and their property in Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland.

[German, night of (broken) glass : Kristall, crystal (from Middle High German, from Old High German cristalla, from Latin crystallus, crystallum; see crystal) + Nacht, night (from Middle High German naht, from Old High German; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots).]
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Some of the people portrayed are Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's mastermind; Jurgen Herbst, a Hitler youth; and Herschel Grynspan, the scapegoat who the Germans claimed was the spark who caused Krystallnacht. Liberation takes readers into the world of camps for people who were displaced after the war ended.
After Krystallnacht, the husband is violently separated from his wife and sent to Dachau.
Realizing from the start, especially after Krystallnacht that her Jewish friends and neighbors were disappearing, Anna attempts to hide a Jewish man she has fallen in love with.
In this book, Hand pursues a similar, biographical trajectory to that sketched out in the Reader: Beginning with Levinas' earliest writings--written in the uncertain days just prior to Krystallnacht, when Levinas was a young student of Husserl's, writing a dissertation on the concept of intuition in phenomenology, and taking classes with Heidegger in Freiburg--his exposition pursues a fascinating series of critical engagements, starting from Levinas' early (and prophetic) critique of Heidegger's nascent fascism clear through to his intriguing debate with Derrida about alterity and temporality in the 80s.