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Herschel: The Boy Who Started World War II
by Andy Marino
On a November morning in 1938, 17-year-old Herschel Grynszpan, a German Jew hiding in Paris, walked up to the highest ranking Nazi diplomat he could find and shot him. This gripping story of a mysterious Jewish folk hero reveals the little-known chain of events that unleashed the long-planned "Kristallnacht", "The Night of Broken Glass".
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Faber & Faber
(first published 1995)
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Nov 29, 2009 Meaghan rated it 4 of 5 stars
In November 1939, 17-year-old German Jewish refugee Herschel Grynszpan walked into the German embassy in Paris and shot the first official he could find -- the diplomat Ernst vom Rath. Vom Rath died of his wounds a few days later, and the Nazis used his murder as the pretext to launch Kristalnacht, the infamous pogrom of the German Jews which made nationwide news and caused everyone to realize at last that the Germans were serious about this "we will destroy the Jews" thing. As for Herschel, aft ...more