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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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Brigitte Hoss (Hoess) has spent the last 41 years living in a suburb of Washington DC, and was employed at a trendy beauty salon owned by Jews who fled Germany after Krystalnacht. Hoss, now 80 and cancer stricken, has a dark secret that even her grandchildren do not know: Her father, Rudolf Franz Hoss, was a senior Nazi war-criminal, who served as the commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp from May 1940 to November 1943.
It needs its own name like Krystalnacht, "the Night of Broken Glass," those nights in November 1938 when thousands of Jewish-owned businesses, homes and synagogues were destroyed, and tens of thousands of Jews were arrested in Nazi Germany.
In the nineteenth-century South, too, there were knocks on the door as police came to take people from their homes; the terror was that of "an antebellum Krystalnacht." We have long known that restrictions on manumission curbed the possibilities of freedom fro Southern slaves, that Northern states prohibited the entry of free black people, that free families lived in fear of kidnappers.