"On November 9, 1938, the Nazis unleashed a wave of pogroms against Germany's Jews. In the space of a few hours, thousands of synagogues and Jewish businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed. This event came to be called Kristallnacht ('Night of Broken Glass') for the shattered store windowpanes." This site features an exhibition with a historical overview and details about what was destroyed. From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.