There are a number of resources about the November Pogrom of 1938 in the Wiener Library's collections, including documents, audiovisual material and unpublished memoirs. Some of the more detailed of these are listed below.



Document Collections

Kristallnacht reports (1) 

Title: Kristallnacht reports
Collection Reference: 1375
Scope/Content: This is a collection of 356 reports gathered in the weeks and months following the November Pogrom of 1938 by the Jewish Central Information Office (JCIO) in Amsterdam. Each report has a unique number in the sequence from B.1 to B.353 (B. presumably is an abbreviation of Bericht [report]) with five additions (B.62a, B.175a, B.333a, plus B.1001 and B.1002 at the end), and two unused numbers (B.342 and B.343). Most of the dated reports were created in November and December 1938; others were prepared in January and February 1939, and the remainder originated sporadically in the following weeks. The last few were typed in the early summer of 1939, just before the JCIO was packed up and moved to London in August 1939. The reports vary in length, from a mere 13 words to about 12,400 words. The medium-length reports average around 800 words. Almost all (333 or 93%) of the reports were written in German, although 18 reports are in Dutch, five in English and one in French.

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Kristallnacht reports (2) 

Title: Kristallnacht reports
Collection Reference: 1245
Scope/Content: These reports are apparently strays from a full collection of 356 reports gathered in the weeks and months following the November Pogrom of 1938 by the Jewish Central Information Office (JCIO) in Amsterdam. They bear a similar reference number to the rest of the reports in this collection, pre-fixed by the letter 'B'. These reports have been numbered separately B40, B41, B42 and are in relation to the destruction of synagogues in Germany during the November Pogrom.

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Kristallnacht: miscellaneous extracts and articles 

Title: Kristallnacht: miscellaneous extracts and articles
Collection Reference: 982
Scope/Content: This collection consists of manuscript and typescript extracts of contemporary newspaper articles about Reichskristallnacht, and unidentified letters and notes about the same. It appears to be an artificial collection.

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Account re Kristallnacht 

Title: Account re Kristallnacht
Collection Reference: 1343
Scope/Content: An account of Kristallnacht by Vincent C. Frank in Berlin who holds the view that it was meticulously planned. German, 5 pages.

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Copy letter extract re Kristallnacht 

Title: Copy letter extract re Kristallnacht
Collection Reference: 984
Scope/Content: Copy extract of a letter describing the events of Kristallnacht in Zirndorf (near Nürnberg, Bayern?)

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Kristallnacht: lists of synagogues destroyed and eyewitness testimonies 

Title: Kristallnacht: lists of synagogues destroyed and eyewitness testimonies
Collection Reference: 985
Scope/Content: 985/1 consists of responses, most of which are dated November/ December 1939. In addition, there is a list of respondents. The project's results comprised a set of statistics on the fate of Germany's synagogues (985/2). The fate of the synagogues was still a subject of interest in 1959 as evidenced by a copy of a letter on the subject from C. C. Aronsfeld (985/3). 985/2 also contains a list dated 1960.

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'Pogrom in Germany': flyer advertising protest 

Title: 'Pogrom in Germany': flyer advertising protest
Collection Reference: 1508
Scope/Content: Flyer advertising protest meeting against the Nazi persecution of Jews in Germany. The protest meeting to which this flyer refers took place some time in 1938 after Reichskristallnacht, at 'The Hippodrome', Golders Green. Among those attending were representatives from the Federation of Peace Councils, the Jewish People's Council and the Society of Friends.

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Copy papers re documentary about November Pogrom in Nurember 

Title: Copy papers re documentary about November Pogrom in Nuremberg
Collection Reference: 1285
Scope/Content: The papers in this collection consist primarily of copy documents from the Nuremberg State Archives and relate to the trial of former SA men who were guilty of aggravated breach of the peace on Kristallnacht in Nuremberg. The papers were used for the making of a BBC TV documentary series German History, 1919-1945. The papers provide a detailed insight into the crimes committed against the Jewish population of Nuremberg on Kristallnacht (9-10 November 1938).

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November Pogrom: Copy press cuttings 

Title: November Pogrom: Copy press cuttings
Collection Reference: 1371
Scope/Content: This collection comprises press cuttings from the British and European press in the immediate aftermath of the November Pogroms in Germany, 1938.

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Erica Prean: account of Reichskristallnacht in Aachen 

Title: Erica Prean: account of Reichskristallnacht in Aachen
Collection Reference: 1585
Scope/Content: Account of Reichskristallnacht in Aachen.

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Audiovisual Material

Kristallnacht interview 

Title: Kristallnacht interview
Authors: Vera Bachmann and Martin Goldenberg
Format: Cassette tape
Shelf Reference: Tape 49
Barcode: 85116

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Interview with Mr & Mrs Liebrecht on the Kristallnacht 

Title: Interview with Mr & Mrs Liebrecht on the Kristallnacht
Presenter: Martin Goldenberg
Format: Cassette tape
Shelf Reference: Tape 56
Barcode: 85121

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[Two personal narratives on Kristallnacht] 

Title: [Two personal narratives on Kristallnacht]
Notes: Two personal narratives re Kristallnacht by ? Mrs. Quen Leven & Mrs. Rose ... Interviewed at Wiener Library 1988 [?] by Martin Goldenberg.
Format: Cassette tape
Shelf Reference: Tape 88
Barcode: 83326

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Lord Joseph's opening speech to the exhibition, 'November 1938' 

Title: Lord Joseph's opening speech to the exhibition, 'November 1938'
Author: Keith Joseph
Introduction: Lewis Golden
Notes: Speech at Wiener Library on 50th anniversary of Nov. Pogrom, 10th Nov. 1988
Format: E-resource
Shelf Reference: Tape 33
Barcode: 85105

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Unpublished Memoirs

The beginning of the end 

Title: The beginning of the end
Author: Charlotte Singer
Shelf Reference: Unpub. Mem 4044
Barcode: 20340

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[November 10th, 1938 : the turning point of my life] 

Title: [November 10th, 1938 : the turning point of my life]
Author: David H. Hackel
Shelf Reference: Unpub. Mem 4239
Barcode: 64336

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Vom Pogrom zur Auswanderung: 1938/1939 

Title: Vom Pogrom zur Auswanderung: 1938/1939
Author: Georg Isidor Meyer
Shelf Reference: Unpub. Mem 4004a
Barcode: 20302a

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10th November in Baden-Baden 

Title: 10th November in Baden-Baden
Author: Arthur Flehinger
Shelf Reference: Unpub. Mem 4356
Barcode: 98190

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Looking back: some recollections 

Title: Looking back: some recollections
Author: Margot Smith
Shelf Reference: Unpub. Mem 4334
Barcode: 62724

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  • November Pogrom
  • Contemporary accounts [1933-1945]
  • Personal narratives
  • Antisemitism
  • Racial persecution