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The Forgotten Life of Herschel Grynszpan

Hosted By: The Museum of Jewish Heritage-- A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

In November 1938, Herschel Grynszpan, a Jewish refugee living in Paris, walked into his city’s German Embassy and assassinated Nazi diplomat Ernst vom Rath. Grynszpan was just seventeen years old. His actions would later be used as justification for Kristallnacht, the violent antisemitic pogrom which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938. Now, eighty-two years later, Herschel Grynszpan has largely faded into history.

Join the Museum for a program exploring Grynszpan’s story, how it came to be used as propaganda, and why it was ultimately forgotten. The program will include a discussion between Jonathan Kirsch, author of The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat and a Murder in Paris, and Alan E. Steinweis, Professor of History and Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professoor of Holocaust Studies at The University of Vermont.

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