- 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
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Examples from the Web for kristallnacht
The Kandel family has survived Kristallnacht intact, and Eric had boarded the S.S. Gerolstein to New York.
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