Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust

Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust

by Stephen Koch


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"In a work of fact that reads like fiction, with a novelist’s relish for incident and character, [Koch] brings his troubled, troubling protagonist to life." —Ian Brunskill, The Wall Street Journal

After learning about Nazi persecution of his family, Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced
Greenspan) 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 state-sponsored wave of antiSemitic terror known as Kristallnacht, still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust.

Overnight, Grynszpan, a bright but naive teenager, was front-page news and a pawn in a global power struggle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640093386
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 12/10/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 802,542
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

STEPHEN KOCH is the author of two novels and many books of nonfiction on subjects ranging from Andy Warhol to World War II. The director of the Peter Hujar Archive, he lives with his wife in New York and has one daughter.

Table of Contents

Preface 3

1 La Paix! La Paix! La Paix! 5

2 The Child 14

3 Hunted 23

4 Dispossession 33

5 The Assassin's Night 43

6 The Assassin's Day 59

7 Hitler's Luck 74

8 Arrest and Fame 90

9 Two Speeches 101

10 The Whole World Hears 111

11 Grief and Grandiosity 121

12 The Phony War 138

13 "I'm Herschel Grynszpan! Arrest Me!" 149

14 Herschel the Captive 160

15 The Homosexual Strategy 179

16 Victory Unaware 192

17 Oblivion 202

Epilogue: Two Brothers 212

Acknowledgments 219

Appendix: Herschel Grynszpan's Testament, Dictated in Code, April24-29, 1942 221

A Note on Sources 223

Visuals 229

Bibliography 231

Notes 235

Index 253

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