Posted on November 9, 2011
November 9th is an important date in German history. It marks the day that the Berlin Wall fell, 20 years ago this month. The reason it’s not a national holiday in Germany, is that the night of November 9th also marks a much darker anniversary: Kristallnacht, the so-called “Night of Broken Glass.” Hans Riess, an 88 year-old resident of Wesley Hills, NY remembers the date well. He was born in Berlin in 1921. On November 9th, 1938 he was 17 years old.