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What Kristallnacht survivor Herbert Karliner says about Kristallnacht comparisons

Today in the Forward, Herbert Karliner tells Stewart Ain “it is shameful for anyone to compare anything to Kristallnacht.”

“On Kristallnacht, my father, Joseph Karliner, had his store set on fire and destroyed. Within hours, the Gestapo arrived and took him to the Buchenwald concentration camp. It was a time of absolute terror for Jewish people. My father returned a few weeks later, and we thought we were lucky to be escaping Germany on the SS St. Louis. Well, as most people should know, we were turned away from this great country, dooming my father, my mother, my two sisters, and hundreds of others to their deaths in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camps.”

“My brother and I were very, very lucky to survive, and I was privileged to emigrate to the United States. I served in the U.S. Army and raised a family here. I believe in the strength and virtue of the American people to overcome the political differences of today, and pray for President Biden and all of our elected leaders to help heal us. But analogies to Kristallnacht or Nazism reflect a very serious misunderstanding of the vast scope of Nazi Germany’s crimes, and the crimes of its collaborators. They also denigrate the memory of 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust.”

Read the rest of the interview with Herbert Karliner, who also serves on the HSF-USA executive committee, today in the Forward.

The Red Cross administered archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany finally opened to the public in 2007, allowing evidence of Nazi death camps and government and corporate complicity in genocide to be seen after they were shamefully suppressed for 60 years.

Opening of Bad Arolsen Archives

This page collects journalism and testimony documenting our efforts to finally open public access to the 50 million pages of Nazi Germany archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany.

Holocaust survivors worked in 2006 and 2007 to publicize these documents, which reveal government and corporate complicity in the genocide, and had been suppressed for 60 years.

This transcript of remarks by Hon. Alcee L. Hastings of Florida from December 27, 2006 session of the US House of Representatives Cmte. on Foreign Affairs Europe subcommittee relates concern over the delayed release of the Bad Arolsen Holocaust Archives.

HSF-USA President David Schaecter’s testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe regarding the opening of Bad Arolsen Nazi archives on March 28, 2007.

Leo Rechter’s testimony to the Subcommittee on Europe on March 28, 2007.

This Yom Hashoah Editorial by HSF-USA counsel Samuel J. Dubbin on Yom Hashoah 2007, in the Miami Herald, related how the overdue opening of Bad Arolsen archives relates to survivors’ contemporary needs and the broader systemic failure to hold Holocaust profiteers to justice.