The Nov. 28 editorial “Thanksgiving” contained a bizarre sentence: “In 1938 the murder of a German diplomat by a distraught Jewish gunman provided the pretext for Nazi Germany to begin its racial war of extermination.” Nazi Germany did not need a pretext for its policy and practice of extermination. It was well in place and functioning before this assassination, which was an effort to call the world’s attention to it. It did serve as a pretext for “Kristallnacht,” the burning of synagogues and Jewish properties by organized mobs described as “spontaneous responses” to the assassination.

John S. Kafka, Bethesda