"Kristallnacht" or the night of the broken glass, began when a 17 year old Jewish boy killed a minister. Hitler ordered members of his secret police to kill, beat, torture and kidnap Jewish women and children. Stores were broken into, houses' windows were smashed, and synagogs were terrorized. After this night, Jewish men were automatically arrested for being Jewish and more than 25,000 Jews were sent to concentration camps. 7,500 Jewish businesses, 267 synagogs, and 17,000 Jewish homes were destroyed. It is called the night of broken glass because when the Nazis were done, the streets were covered in broken glass because of all the windows that were smashed.