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K-pop boy group Epex’s new song under fire for reference to Nazi pogrom Kristallnacht

  • Twitter is in a frenzy over K-pop boy group EPEX’s new song “Anthem of Teen Spirit,” which makes direct reference to the Nazi-led massacre, or pogrom, known as Kristallnacht.
  • Kristallnacht, also called “Crystal Night,” “Night of Broken Glass or the November pogrom, was an event where Nazis spurred on violent anti-Jewish riots, leading to the destruction of hundreds of synagogues, Jewish religious artifacts, Jewish businesses, homes and schools as well as the murder of 91 Jews and the arrest of 30,000 others to be sent to concentration camps.
  • The EPEX song includes the lyrics, “I see them burning raw. Crystal Night is coming.”
  • The outfits used in the group’s stage performances have also been criticized for resembling Nazi uniforms.

K-pop boy group EPEX dropped their third mini-album “Prelude of Anxiety Chapter 1: 21st Century Boys,” yesterday, and their new title track “Anthem of Teen Spirit” is stirring up controversy on Twitter for referencing a Nazi massacre. 

“Kristallnacht,” also known as “Crystal Night,” “Night of Broken Glass” or the November pogrom, occurred on Nov. 9 and 10 in 1938. At the time, Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year-old German-born Polish Jew, assassinated German diplomat Ernst vom Rath for deporting his family, triggering two days of Nazi-led riots targeting Jews in Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. Hundreds of synagogues were wrecked, while religious artifacts were desecrated. Approximately 7,500 Jewish businesses, homes and schools were plundered. The attacks led to the death of 91 Jews and the arrest of 30,000 men sent to concentration camps.