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Exhibit focuses on Nazis’ “aryanization” program

November 7, 2011

ERFURT, Germany (AP) — A new exhibition opening at a museum in central Germany highlights the Nazis’ drive to force Jews from cultural and business life, known as “aryanization.”

The exhibit in Erfurt is set to open on Nov. 9, the anniversary of the 1938 Nazi anti-Jewish pogrom known as “Kristallnacht” or “Night of the Broken Glass.”

At least 91 German Jews were killed in the state-sanctioned riots, and more than 200 synagogues were destroyed and thousands of Jewish businesses vandalized.

The aryanization exhibition, which runs through Jan. 13, is being hosted in the former administrative building of the Topf & Sons company that collaborated with Hitler’s SS to design and construct special ovens to meet the demands of the death camps. It opened as a memorial museum earlier this year.

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