When the same day stands for different things in history, such as November 9 (1938 – Kristallnacht) and 1989 (not even “fall”, but the opening of the Berlin Wall), each memory needs its (mental and physical) space for rememberance. During the past years, the touristic significance of November 9 marginalizes the 1938 events within collective memory. We have participated in a demonstration for “not forgetting” and “not forgiving” Cristal night, the pogrom against the Jewish population, their homes, shops and synagogs.
Protests prove to be effective means of bringing a topic back into attention because of the their emotional and engaged character. Bringing a past event back into memory takes exactly what the organizers of the march did: bringing together various communities (such as initiatives for housing rights or migrants’ rights) and emphasizing the historical trauma’s links to the present.
Update: While the majority of representations related to rememberance refere to the wall and dismiss comemoration of Kristallnacht, extremist right groups respectfully commemorate the murders and devastations
“Meanwhile, nationalist activists gathered for a demonstration to commemorate the attacks of the Kristallnacht – or the “Night of Broken Glass” – when in 1938 the Nazi authorities launched a series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and Austria.”