"The next day, November 9, vom Rath died in Paris....Then an hour or so after midnight, Nazi marching songs and the sharp rhythm of hobnailed boots began to be heard in the streets of Hanover. These were followed by sounds of shouting, the crack of pistol shots, and what seemed to be the crashing of broken glass."
"Nazi demolition teams had blown up the Central Synagogue, a thick-walled buildings that was one of the largest religious structures in Hanover."
"Fearful of bad news, Ruth went to the door. It was Walter, wearing the same clothes which he'd been, arrested, now dirty and rumpled."