On this day in 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in what became known as "Kristallnacht."
The term "Kristallnacht" ('Night of Broken Glass") refers to the organized anti-Jewish riots in Germany and Austria, November 9-10, 1938. These riots marked a major transition in Nazi policy, and were, in many ways, a harbinger of the "Final Solution."
As we watch the rioting going on today in the heart of Western Europe, we should remember well what happens when rioting street thugs are given a seat at the table of power. Many of the French Muslim rioters of today are philosophical heirs of the anti-semitic Germans of the 1930s. When it came to to pick a side in WWII, their Muslim brethren threw in with the German Nazis. These modern fascists share the same anti-semitic worldview as the German fascists. They even read Mein Kampf. These riots will blow over, and likely soon, but the underlying causes of the riots will not go away, and no amount of social spending in the neighborhoods make those causes go away. These people will continue to be propagandized and radicalized. I predict that this, like Kristallnacht so many years ago, is only the beginning of turmoil for Europe.