On the night from November 9th to 10th, 1938, SA stormtroopers set fire to the Rexingen synagogue. Sally saw the flames from his bedroom window. His father exclaimed, “My God, maybe the shames didn’t extinguish the candles!!” He did not think of arson.
When the Jewish men were arrested the next day, it became clear to the Lembergers that that they had to leave Germany as soon as possible. They packed their furniture in a container "as big as a kitchen" to ship it to Shavei Zion.
But the necessary papers for their emigration were not issued.