The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris


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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.6 X 9.6 X 1.4 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Jonathan Kirsch is the author of ten books, including the national bestseller The Harlot by the Side of the Road and his most recent work, the Los Angeles Times bestseller A History of the End of the World. Kirsch is also a book columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a broadcaster for NPR affiliates in Southern California, and an adjunct professor at New York University.


Kirsch expertly picks through the murky details to shed new light on the historical significance. A compelling study.
Herschel Grynszpan wanted nothing more than to be remembered for his rash, heroic actions. In Kirsch, he has finally found an objective, yet passionate, chronicler.--Ronald C. Rosbottom, professor of French and European studies, Amherst College
In his well-crafted study... Jonathan Kirsch manages to put some meat on the skinny frame of his protagonist and also to put a human face on his victim. In so doing, Kirsch has made a valuable contribution to our understanding of Kristallnacht, whose 75th anniversary falls this year.--David Clay Large
With a storyteller's touch and a lawyer's insight, Kirsch elevates this tragic tale and makes it read like a legal and moral thriller.--Thane Rosenbaum, author of Payback: The Case for Revenge and The Myth of Moral Justice
On Nov. 7, 1938, a troubled Jewish teenager walked into an embassy in Paris, got in to see a low-level Nazi attache and shot him dead--a killing that gave Hitler a pretext for the savage, anti-Semitic orgy of Kristallnacht.--Scott Martelle