12 November 2020

Dr MARJORIE O'NEILL (Coogee) — On the 9th of November, the Jewish commemorated Kristallnacht, or the night of broken glass, which marked the onset of the Holocaust. On this day 73 years ago, Nazi forces set fire to or destroyed over two hundred synagogues, damaged 7,000 Jewish-owned businesses, arrested 30,000 Jews, and murdered 91 Jews in Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. The Jewish people who were arrested were rounded up, earmarked for torture, slave labour, brutal treatment and often death at the hands of the SS. The Third Reich's Jews were then forced to pay one billion marks for what Nazi leader Hermann Göring called "their abominable crimes." It was my solemn privilege to attend the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies commemoration ceremony, and I would like to thank the organisers of the event for inviting me. Events like these ensure that this horrific tragedy and loss of human life will always be remembered, so that it is never repeated.