Eighty years after Kristallnacht, why my family has become German again | Robin Lustig

The former senior Observer journalist says he’ll never use his new German passport – but getting it is an important atonement for Nazi crimes

Eighty years ago, on the night of 9 November 1938, tens of thousands of German Jews were arrested in a nationwide pogrom that became known as Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, because of the thousands of windows that were shattered in Jewish-owned shops, businesses, homes and synagogues.

My father and grandfather went into hiding the following day, to escape arrest. Five months later, in April 1939, my father left Germany and sought refuge in Britain. His parents escaped a year later and fled to Portugal.

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