Israel signs education deal with Bavaria

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Posted: Nov 09, 2011 1:23 PM
Israel signs education deal with Bavaria

Israel and the German state of Bavaria have signed an education exchange agreement on the anniversary of an event that marked the start of the Nazi era of persecuting Jews.

Wednesday's agreement comes 73 years after "Kristallnacht" _ the Night of the Broken Glass _ when Nazi-incited riots began a campaign that killed 6 million Jews.

In the riots that began on Nov. 9, 1938, more than 90 Jews were killed in Germany and Austria, more than 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps and thousands of synagogues and Jewish businesses were destroyed.

Some of the earliest Nazi supporters came from the Bavaria region in southern Germany.

Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial says the agreement involves teaching the histories of Israel and Bavaria to each other's students.