What really happened that afternoon in November 1938, when a young Polish Jew walked into the German embassy in Paris and shots rang out? The immediate consequence was concrete: Nazis retaliated with Kristallnacht“Night of Broken Glass”the beginning of the Holocaust. Lost in the aftermath is the story of Herschel Grynszpan, the confused teenager whose murder of Ernst vom Rath was used to justify Kristallnacht.
In this historical novel, award-winning writer Harlan Greene takes Grynszpan at his word. Historians have tried to explain away the claim that he was involved in a love affair with vom Rath; Greene, instead, depicts the lives of the underprivileged and persecuted Grynszpan and the wealthy German diplomat vom Rath as they move inevitably toward their ill-fated affair.
|Publisher:||University of Wisconsin Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Harlan Greene, the son of Holocaust survivors, is author of Why We Never Danced the Charleston and the Lambda Literary Award-winner What the Dead Remember. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
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what raelly happened the afternoon of November 7,1938? No one acually raelly knows. It is all what we think. I think that when herschel walked into the German embassy he knew where he was. I think he went there perpusly. Herschel probably knew Ernst vom Rath and knew him for a bad reason.By him being there he knew where ernst was so he took his revenge as soon as he saw his chance. Then a gun fight broke out and Herschel maneged to escape,but soon got captured.Then resulting into him getting arrested. Then getting sent to concentration camp where he asumed to had disappear.Some say he survived. I say he was killed and hid just like the other Jews in the Gehtto.This is what I think what do you think?