Synagogue marks site of Kristallnacht

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On the 65th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, Germany's President, Johannes Rau, travelled to Munich yesterday to lay the cornerstone of a new synagogue.

It is being built to mark the orchestrated riot, during which about 100 Jews were killed and thousands of Jewish properties destroyed by Nazi supporters.

Speaking on a day that is also the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Mr Rau said: "We must show people that intimidation and violence cannot and will not determine the atmosphere in our country."

His words held a particular resonance, after the arrest in September of a neo-Nazi group that said it intended to bomb the site of thenew synagogue.

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