A remarkable story of a forgotten seventeen-year-old Jew who was blamed by the Nazis for the anti-Semitic violence and terror known as the Kristallnacht, the pogrom still seen as an initiating event of the HolocaustAfter learning about Nazi persecution of his family, Herschel Grynszpan, (pronounced "Greenspan"), an impoverished seventeen-year-old Jew living in Paris, bought a small handgun and on November 7, 1938, went to the German Embassy and shot the first German diplomat he saw. When the man died two days later, Hitler and Goebbels made the shooting their pretext for the great state-sponsored wave of anti-Semitic terror known as the Kristallnacht, still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust.Overnight, Grynszpan, a bright but naive teenagerand a perfect political nobodywas front-page news and a pawn in global power. When France fell, after a wild chase the Nazis captured Herschel and flew him to Berlin. The boy became a privileged prisoner of the Gestapo while Hitler ...
|Title||:||Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust|
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Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust Reviews
I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in the Third Reich echelons.
The detailed research cites reliable sources, and the events and personalities unfold with surprising revelations. I confess to feeling that the author fell into a pattern of repeating inform ...more
I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion.
A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking this stand, he would start a great state-sponsored wave of anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. Many believe that this event initiated the Holocaust.
Overnight, Grynszpan became front page news and a pawn in a gl ...more
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The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story.
Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. He's had enough and wanted to make the world know what's happening to the Jews in the real world. Buys a gun - shoots a German diplomat and the story begins.
Kristallnacht is born from this event. Hitler now has an excuse ...more