This was one of the last songs Roger Waters and Dave Gilmour wrote together. By the time they started working on The Wall, there was a lot of tension between them, which got worse on their next album and became real nasty in 1986 when Waters left and Gilmour continued Pink Floyd without him.
Like the last few songs on The Wall, this can be summarized as Hitler’s rise into power and downfall into hell just as Pink’s life did in the movie The Wall. The entire theme is based on the book the dreaded Night of Broken Glass on November 9th, 1938 which came during Hitler’s order of terror. Nazis raided Jewish businesses and synagogues, even homes; throwing people out, destroying what they could. Many were killed and hundreds injured, and 7,500 business were destroyed.
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