Night of Broken Glass — An anti-Jewish pogrom in Nazi Germany (including Austria and Sudetenland) from the 9th until the 10th of November 1938. It is also known as Novemberpogrome, Reichskristallnacht, Reichspogromnacht or Pogromnacht in German.
The Kristallnacht was triggered by the assassination in Paris of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a German-born Polish Jew. In a coordinated attack on Jewish people and their property, 91 Jews were killed and 25,000 to 30,000 were arrested and placed in concentration camps. 267 synagogues were destroyed, and thousands of homes and businesses were ransacked. This was done by the Hitler Youth, the Gestapo and the SS. The Kristallnacht also served as a pretext and a means for the wholesale confiscation of firearms from German Jews.
While the assassination of Rath served as a pretext for the attacks, the Kristallnacht was part of a broader racial policy of Nazi Germany including antisemitism and persecution of the Jews. Kristallnacht was followed by further economic and political persecutions. It is viewed by many historians as the beginning of the Final Solution, leading towards the genocide of the Holocaust.
[As taken from the Wikipedia article concerning Kristallnacht; you can read the rest here]
I saw the crucifix piece first; Kris here went through six different titles before I settled on Kristallnacht.
This is the Holocaust remembrance rosary, since I finally got sick and tired of people telling me that the Holocaust never existed, that it was propaganda told by the Allies to spur people to hate Nazi Germany in World War 2.
Honestly, I MIGHT believe such things if the death count were considerably lower; over six million people do not disappear overnight and thereabouts a decade doesn't kill in such numbers, regardless of the living conditions. Even awful living conditions does not kill six million people in a decade. Might kill a lot of them, yes. But not in such high numbers; there was human help, I can almost guarantee it.
The Holocaust happened, people. Covering such an atrocity with the murdering and torturing as it had happened only serves to bring it about again. To forget it is to doom it to repeat; to remember it is to never bring it about again.
The black glass beads were symbolic of the Nazi SS uniforms (and while I don't condone at all what the SS did, they had some of the sexiest military uniforms ever).
The cracked silver glass beads are symbolic of shattered hopes, dreams, and lives (even a lot of the survivors of the Holocaust are broken due to this).
The red Hail Marys are the blood that was spilled, the fires that razed innocent homesteads to the ground and burnt them to death while in concentration camps (there are several lists on the internet detailing the methods of tortures used in the camps).
The clay beads with the glass pieces embedded are to remember Kristallnacht in general, for what this rosary was named for.
The centerpiece was actually chosen as that ray of hope for those current masses and the future masses of the world who do remember the horrors wrought, to remember what humankind IS capable of to one another, and to hopefully prevent it from ever happening again on such a scale as that.
Kristallnacht is the second one-of-a-kind rosary I have made; while I have to resources to remake her, I refuse to redo her exactly like this.
She was sold for $250. The person I sold her to, I made sure believed the Holocaust existed so her purpose could be fulfilled.
6 hours total in labor
Pardon the terrible quality of the full-rosary photo; my cameraman wanted to take pictures in direct sunlight and to tell the honest truth, that was kind of stupid.
Some people may feel offended by this particular piece/post. I do not mean to offend, I promise you. I merely mean to inform.