Actually, all hugs are free — and some people should know better.
The wife there is talking about Kristallnacht. After the ghastly attack on the German community, Germans were still aware this was wrong. They actually did apologize. Internal papers in the Nazi party reported that the German people were not yet ready for a full-scale destruction of their Jewish fellows. They had to be further terrorized to bring them to a state of what today would be called Learned Helplessness.
In our country this was happening successfully, if more subtly, to various groups — but tripped over the gay population, which proclaimed “Never again!” The forces that would spread the terror against minority groups can’t get past the LBGT community.
If you value your freedom, thank a gay person.