The November pogrom – not enough court documents and testimonies on the example of the Eifel and the Voreifel the disputable facts – as proof of the destruction of Jewish property and many synagogues, as well as brute force against Jewish citizens – historically to demonstrate 1938 on the country. Rather also the court records of the post-war period and corresponding sworn testimony should be specifically examined and analyzed. Much has been forgotten, overlooked, or questionably judged from today’s perspective. The question after a sometimes no longer comprehensible jurisdiction could explain the real action at the “Reich Pogromes in 1938” differentiated in the occupation and the young Federal Republic. Some was historical and human, but otherwise, it has been legally assessed after the second world war. Also the rare historic photos and proof that “on the land”, where one knows the others personally, much starkly different from the big cities are what distinguishes this book from similar documentation. Here there were rarely Most famous fanatics from the neighborhood were anonymity of the “arsonist in the predator civil”, but here.
This personal and social component so far impeded full research and evaluation and the objective selection of archive documents and testimonies. The appearance of the “Reichskristallnacht” in the Eifel and the Voreifel limited and thus focuses on a locally compact space in the Rhineland, a specific part of the Eifel and Voreifel. It includes the towns of Bad Munstereifel, Tolbiac and Sampath, Euskirchen and Flamersheim, Weilerswist and Lommersum, Mechernich and Kommern, Kall, Gemund and Hellenthal/Blumenthal topographically and content. The documentation so begins in the Middle Rhine area and ends in a westerly direction in a valley of the Eifel, which at the time of the November pogrom was 1938 relatively insulated from what happens in the cities of Bonn, Cologne and Aachen. Often, it will be noted that the riots in the microcosm of the Eifel region were more brutal than in the Rhenish cities. In Mechernich were more than 10 houses systematically destroyed and torn down.
The local group leader was acquitted after the second world war, because he had been supposedly from “local politics” and “technical reasons”. The HELLEN Thaler official Mayor staged a “March of the pillory” after fire the Blumenthaler synagogue and also among the defendants in the “Schleidener Lynch process”, which had to clarify the public shooting of an American pilot in September 1944 after the second world war. The Euskirchen regional historian Hans-Dieter Arntz impressively summarizes his decades of research in the present documentation.