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The short, strange life of Herschel Grynszpan : 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
Call No: 943.086 G89s

Call Number943.086 G89s
Dates2014; ©2013
Statement of ResponsibilityJonathan Kirsch.
Creators & ContributorsKirsch, Jonathan (author)
Grynszpan, Herschel Feibel (subject)
Vom Rath, Ernst (subject)
Summary"On the morning of November 7, 1938, Herschel Grynszpan, a desperate seventeen-year-old Jewish refugee, walked into the German embassy in Paris and shot Ernst vom Rath, a Nazi diplomat. Two days later vom Rath lay dead, and the Third Reich exploited the murder to unleash Kristallnacht in a bizarre concatenation of events that would rapidly involve Ribbentrop, Goebbels, and Hitler himself. But was Grynszpan a crazed lone gunman or agent provocateur of the Gestapo? Was he motivated by a desire to avenge Jewish people, or did his act of violence speak to an intimate connection between the assassin and his target, as Grynszpan later claimed?... The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan brings to life the historical details and moral dimensions of one of the most enigmatic cases of World War II." —Back cover
ContentsPrologue. The boy avenger

Part I. From Hanover to Paris
  1. The day Hitler dined alone
  2. The prodigal son
  3. Tout va bien
  4. Special handling
Part II. Incident on the Rue de Lille
  1. "So that the world would not ignore it"
  2. The blood flag
  3. Higher powers
  4. Phony war
Part III. Paris to Berlin
  1. In the belly of the beast
  2. Paragraph one hundred seventy-five
  3. Grynszpan's ghost
  4. The exterminating angel
Physical Description xv, 336 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherNew York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a Division of W. W. Norton & Company
NotesIncludes bibliographical references, filmography (pages [315]–320) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2019 by Margaret B.