Fasanenstrasse Synagogue after Kristallnacht
Fasanenstrasse Synagogue, the Alexanders' local synagogue, after Kristallnacht.
As the Alexander family made the best of their strange new life in England, the situation in Germany was getting worse. On 9 November 1938, over 250 synagogues and 7,000 stores and businesses were attacked in what became known as Kristallnacht, the night of the broken glass. One was the Fasanenstrasse Synagogue, where Hanns and the rest of the family had enjoyed celebrating Simchat Torah. Nazi supporters smashed their way into the synagogue and, upon the orders of Joseph Goebbels, set fire to the building. Firemen and local residents gathered at the scene, watching as the flames grew higher. These were the same men and women whom the Alexanders had counted as friends and neighbours, whose children had attended the same community school. Many had even been Dr Alexander’s patients.
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