Pogroms on the Middle Rhine
“Reichspogromnacht” (The night of broken glass)
"The synagogue suddenly caught fire in some inexplicable manner around 12 midnight."(Quotation from the Gemünden school chronicle regarding the night leading into the 10th of November)
Recollections of the “Reichspogromnacht”
Heinz Joseph, 13 years old at the time, experienced the abuses in Laufersweiler together with his sister, mother and grandfather. During the evening of the 10th of November, SS henchmen forced their way into their house, shattered the furnishings and numerous windows, brutally beat his grandfather and chased the family out of their home under threats and insults. Their family matzo bakery also fell victim to the destructive vandalism while the family, itself, found shelter with the Catholic priest. Heinz Joseph recorded his memories of this night on the backside of a movie poster.