Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass
Kristallnacht served as an important warning about the dangers of mass violence carried out by a state against a minority and illustrates the consequences of world leaders’ failure to act effectively before terror escalated into genocide. As a living memorial to the Holocaust dedicated to making the future different from the past, the Museum stimulates worldwide action to confront acts of genocide or related crimes against humanity and to focus attention on the dangers of unchecked hatred.
The Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide increases the public’s understanding of how and why genocide and other forms of mass atrocity happen, inspires people to care, and galvanizes policy makers to create and use the tools and structures needed to avert the next crisis.
Through its educational and scholarly programs and exhibitions, the Museum has called global attention to the moral and societal failures that made the Holocaust possible and to the critical need to confront contemporary antisemitism and all forms of hatred.