Jodi Oriel and Charles Theis
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(November 5, 2006) — Election Day 2006 falls during the same week as Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass,” that many consider the start of the Holocaust.

On Nov. 9, 1938, the Nazis burned synagogues and broke the windows of Jewish shop owners in Germany and Austria. An estimated 91 Jews were murdered and 30,000 were sent to concentration camps.

Having Kristallnacht and Election Day fall within two days of each other is a poignant reminder of how important your vote is to protect human rights in the United States and abroad.

More than 70 years ago, the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party) was elected to power in Germany. Adolf Hitler became chancellor because people voted for him and his party’s policies, which resulted in the murder of more than 11 million people.