Hitler's Pawn (Paperback)

The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust

By Stephen Koch

Counterpoint LLC, 9781640093386, 272pp.

Publication Date: December 10, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (1/15/2019)

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Description

"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.



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.