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The Resource The short, strange life of Herschel Grynszpan : a boy avenger, a Nazi diplomat, and a murder in Paris, Jonathan Kirsch

The short, strange life of Herschel Grynszpan : a boy avenger, a Nazi diplomat, and a murder in Paris, Jonathan Kirsch

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The short, strange life of Herschel Grynszpan : a boy avenger, a Nazi diplomat, and a murder in Paris
Title
The short, strange life of Herschel Grynszpan
Title remainder
a boy avenger, a Nazi diplomat, and a murder in Paris
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Jonathan Kirsch
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Language
eng
Summary
On the morning of November 7, 1938, a seventeen-year-old Jewish refugee, Herschel Grynszpan, walked into the German embassy in Paris and in an act of desperation assassinated Ernst vom Rath, a low-level Nazi diplomat. He did it, he said, out "of love for my parents and for my people." Two days later, vom Rath lay dead, and the Third Reich exploited his murder to inaugurate its long-planned campaign of terror against Germany's Jewish citizens, in the mass pogrom that became known as Kristallnacht. In a bizarre concatenation of events that would rapidly involve Ribbentrop, Goebbels, and Hitler himself, Grynszpan would become the centrepiece of a Nazi propaganda campaign that would later describe his actions as "the first shot of the Jewish War." Best-selling author Jonathan Kirsch brings to light this wrenching story, reexamining the historical details and moral dimensions of one of the most enigmatic cases of World War II. Was Grynszpan a crazed lone gunman, or was he an agent of the Gestapo, recruited to provide a convenient pretext for a major escalation of Nazi aggression? Was he motivated by a desire to strike a blow for the Jewish people as an early partisan fighter, or did his act of violence speak to an intimate connection between the assassin and his target, as Grynszpan later claimed?
Summary
Describes the life of the teenage Jewish refugee whose shooting of a Nazi diplomat was used as fodder to unleash Kristallnacht and discusses whether he was working alone, as an early resistance fighter, or as a spurned lover
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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10175734
Cataloging source
SALS
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1949-
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Kirsch, Jonathan
Dewey number
940.5318
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Grynszpan, Herschel Feibel
  • Vom Rath, Ernst
  • Jewish refugees
  • Jews
  • Kristallnacht, 1938
  • Holocaust, Jewish
  • Jews
  • Germany
Target audience
adult
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a boy avenger, a Nazi diplomat, and a murder in Paris
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The short, strange life of Herschel Grynszpan : a boy avenger, a Nazi diplomat, and a murder in Paris, Jonathan Kirsch
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000052841796
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xv, 336 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9780871407405
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)880833384
Label
The short, strange life of Herschel Grynszpan : a boy avenger, a Nazi diplomat, and a murder in Paris, Jonathan Kirsch
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000052841796
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xv, 336 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9780871407405
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)880833384

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