International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism Date in the current year: November 9, 2017

International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism is annually observed on November 9. This date was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of the mass pogroms in Europe, that is known as Kristallnacht.

Kristallnacht (or Night of Broken Glass) began in Germany and Austria on November 9, 1938. The SA paramilitary forces and non-Jewish civilians set the synagogues on fire and attacked thousands of Jews families. The stones flew into the windows of the homes, shops and synagogues and the streets were full of broken glass, thus the name of the event appeared. Kristallnacht became a turning point in the history of Jews and it became an official beginning of the Holocaust, that is the mass extermination of the Jews during World War II.

Every year a Europe-wide campaign is organized to commemorate the past and protest against the contemporary forms fascism and antisemitism. Unfortunately, this is still an acute problem in modern society, that is why observance of International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism raises public awareness of the crimes against humanity and fight against xenophobia.

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