Heiden discussed the rise of National Socialism in several books. He recognized the significance of the escalating violence against German Jews and documented it in his book, which was translated into English in 1939, as well as into French and Swedish.
Heiden, with occasional bits of irony, astutely describes the radical ideology of the Nazis. With the help of numerous Jewish witnesses, newspaper articles of Nazi propaganda and the free world, he depicts in detail the murderous events of that night in November 1938, as well as its past history, adopting an enthralling style of writing. Already his contemporaries considered the Reichspogromnacht as the turning point of the persecution of the Jews. Today, with hindsight, the event is recognized as a pivotal stage of radicalization ending in the systematic mass murder of the European Jews.
His report, which is now published in German for the very first time after 75 years, is one of the earliest attempts at categorizing the overall presentation of the “breach of civilization”, known as so-called Kristallnacht. The book was published in September 2013 by Wallstein Verlag.