- During research for my latest novel, Empty Frames, I found a story about Jewish children in an orphanage on the “Night of Broken Glass,” November 9, 1938. In Germany and throughout Europe, it looked and sounded more like a bad dream than reality. Children were awakened to the sound of sirens and watched homes of Jewish residents being burned to the ground. All the while, firefighters were instructed to standby, let them burn. However, if a fire got too close to a non-Jewish person’s home, they were to protect it; put the fire out immediately.
The streets were filled with hatred. Windows of shops baring the “Jude” Star-of-David symbol were being smashed for no good reason…the owners were Jewish. Broken glass covered sidewalks and streets. I wonder about the people who suffered with broken hearts. Bigotry is plain evil. People are more fragile than glass.
Though the Jewish people suffered great physical and material loss during Kristallnacht, many survived to share their stories with generations coming after them. From history, society can learn lessons to prevent such acts from ever being repeated.
We can remember the “Night of Broken Glass” as a memorial and as a warning.
When a group or class of people are labeled, “undesirable,” they are targets for hatred and bigotry. Today, among others, isolated groups include: “Tea Party,” “Christians,” and “Conservatives.” A bully mainstream media and Hollywood, in general, might look deeper before condemning upright people with core American and biblical values.
Broken glass in Europe nearly 75 years ago can teach lessons in understanding for today’s world population. Glass can be replaced…people can’t. Broken glass is often made into beautiful mosaics by talented artists. Yet, the only way that broken people can be wholly restored is through God’s perfect Son.
Messiah Jesus is a bright glimmer of hope for broken people in a broken world.
“Love thy neighbor as thyself” (Mark 12:28-31). This is the second greatest Commandment. Read the above reference and answer: What do you think about the number one, absolute greatest Commandment expressed by the perfect Rabbi? How will you respond?
Note: Work in progress, Empty Frames is a contemporary romance involving Nazi-era (1933-1945) stolen art and restitution.