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The Day the Holocaust Began: The Odyssey of Herschel Grynszpan

Schwab, Gerald

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ISBN 10: 0275935760 / ISBN 13: 9780275935764
Published by Praeger, U.S.A., 1990
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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1st Edition, Hardcover with Dust Jacket. 8vo with 226 pgs. Signed on pretitle page " To Eva and Fred May These Events remain forever uncomprehensible to our children, Gerald." The book is in very good condition with slight shelfwear and and slight bumping to edges. The Dust Jacket is in very good condition with slight tearing (2cm) to spine. The interior is clean and tight. The spine is black with red text. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 023601

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Title: The Day the Holocaust Began: The Odyssey of ...

Publisher: Praeger, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Boards

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed

Edition: 1st Edition.

Book Type: Hardcover

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On November 7, 1938, Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year old Polish-German Jew, walked into the German Embassy in Paris and shot Third Secretary, Ernst vom Rath, who died shortly after. Vom Rath's death triggered the destruction and mahem which became known as Kristallnacht, or The Night of Broken Glass, resulting in the death of hundreds, the razing of 265 synagogues and 200 houses, the demolition of 7,500 business establishments, and the incarceration of 30,000 Jews in concentration camps. Herschel Grynszpan was immediately arrested. France's foremost criminal lawyer took over his defense. On June 8, 1940, two days before the French Government evacuated Paris, the youth was indicted for murder. A month later he was in Nazi hands, being interrogated by the Gestapo in anticipation of a major show trial.

Little has been known in the past about this extraordinary young man. Using German documents never before revealed, including a startling coded testament, Gerald Schwab examines his background and the events culminating in the shooting. The book describes, in considerable detail, Grynszpan's experiences in French and German hands and his trial which was to become Nazi Germany's justification of the Holocaust. It also challenges some commonly held ideas about the cause of the shooting and its aftermath. The Day the Holocaust Began describes the life of a mixed-up, emotionally immature youngster who developed into one of the most amazing and unlikely heroes of modern history, demonstrating the power of the human spirit against overwhelming odds. Anyone interested in modern European history, the Nazi Government, the persecution of the European Jews, as well as students of the Holocaust and its many ramifications, will find The Day the Holocaust Began invaluable reading.

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A detailed picture of the planning and preparation the Nazis undertook in order to stage a show trial--with Herschel Grynszpan as the representative of World Jewry. Simon Wiesenthal

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