Photographs from Yad Vashem’s Photo Archive give us a glimpse into the destruction, the anguish, and suffering inflicted upon the Jews during Kristallnacht. Singled out for destruction were hundreds of synagogues in Germany and Austria. Synagogues, which occupy a central place in Jewish and communal life, served as a reminder to the Germans of the Jewish presence. During the riots hundreds of synagogues were burnt or desecrated. Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps.