The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris

The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris

by Jonathan Kirsch

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The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris by Jonathan Kirsch

On the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht comes this untold story of a teenager whose act of defiance would have dire international consequences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871404527
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 05/06/2013
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Kirsch is the author of the best-selling The Harlot by the Side of the Road and A History of the End of the World, the book editor of the Jewish Journal, and a longtime contributor of book reviews to the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Prologue The Boy Avenger xi

Part I From Hanover to Paris

1 The Day Hitler Dined Alone 3

2 The Prodigal Son 16

3 Tout Va Bien 44

4 Special Handling 74

Part II Incident on the Rue De Lille

5 "So That the World Would Not Ignore It" 97

6 The Blood Flag 119

7 Higher Powers 147

8 Phony War 179

Part III Paris to Berlin

9 In The Belly of the Beast 209

10 Paragraph One Hundred Seventy-Five 228

11 Grynszpan's Ghost 247

12 The Exterminating Angel 263

Chronology 285

Acknowledgments 291

Notes 295

Bibliography 315

Index 321

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The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Kentucky_Colonel More than 1 year ago
The subject of this entertaining biography and Holocaust history emerges from his repute as a tantalizing cipher to a flesh-and-blood figure, riven by conflicting emotions and shifting, often competing goals. Even the author doesn't pretend to understand what was going on in his head when he shot and killed an obscure Nazi diplomat in Paris. The very telling of the tale, however, sheds much badly-needed light on the unending horrors visited upon Europe's Jews as Germany's sociopathic leaders sought to purge themselves of the innocent and often intensely patriotic peoples who lived within their borders. The failure of Western nations, most notably the United States, to open their borders to Jews facing nor merely persecution but imminent murder remains a black mark on this nation's history. All told, a masterfully presented tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Never heard of this before and I learned a lot of other things besides the asassanation