Kristallnacht: Kristallnacht, or "The Night of Broken Glass" was the German response to the assassination of Erns Vom Rath, a powerful Nazi. He was assassinated by a polish jew and Kristallnacht was the german response, even though tensons between Jews and Nazis had been going on for months. During Kristallnacht, the windows of synagogues, businesses, and homes were smashed by soldiers. The soliers didn't wear their usual uniform, instead opting for civilian clothes to symbolize the public outrage of the presence of Jews. The night was named because of all of the broken glass that littered the streets.