Hanns Kerrl, Reich Minister for Church Affairs, decrees that Jews are responsible for removing the rubble of their synagogues destroyed during the November, 1938, Kristallnacht pogrom. Reconstruction of these synagogues is forbidden.
According to the Nazi's own official records, 191 synagogues are burned down on Kristallnacht and 96 Jews are killed. Independent researchers have concluded that 1,550 synagogues are burned or otherwise destroyed, over 7,000 Jewish businesses are destroyed, and 2,500 are murdered or committed suicide. Just about every synagogue in Germany is at least damaged, if not burned down entirely.
In addition, records of all sorts are seized from the synagogues before they are destroyed. The purpose is two-fold: first, to obtain records of Jews for eventual deportation and extermination and second to help destroy evidence of the existence and history of Jews.