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Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust

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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ISBN : 9781640091443
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages
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Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust Reviews

  • Naina

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and had been subjected to horrible treatment by the Germans--they were rounded up with other Jewish families and deported to Poland without any notice or any of their belongings. Hearing of this, Hershel concocts a plan ...more

  • Chuck

    I enjoyed reading this small, intimate narrative that was such a crucial event in the build up to World War II. I knew of Kristallnacht, but did not know how Herschel Grynspan was used as a catalyst for this event. A sad, captivating tale of being pushed to the limits.

  • Charlie

    Received this ARC book thru

    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

  • Christy

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many.

    The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which is not taught in schools today. His story appears to have been lost to our current generation and one which would like to be forgotten by past generations.

    Koch writes with great skill, compassion, and research. He leav

  • Sandy Brehl

    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