Kristallnacht 80 years later: “Amid the worst pogrom to take place in Germany since the Middle Ages, most US Jewish communal leaders told their constituents to keep quiet”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
How to explain the ‘timid’ reaction of American Jewish leaders to Kristallnacht?
by Matt Lebovic
November 10, 2018

…Most notably, the influential General Jewish Council insisted on maintaining radio silence following Kristallnacht. Comprised of leaders from the so-called “defense” organizations, the council issued these instructions in the pogrom’s aftermath: “There should be no parades, public demonstrations, or protests by Jews,” according to the directives. The council also reminded American Jews that it was in their interest not to advocate for admitting more Jewish refugees into the country. According to historians, most prominent American Jews were afraid of how their fellow citizens would react to “demands” from the Jewish community. READ MORE

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