Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust

Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust

A remarkable story of a forgotten seventeen-year-old Jew who was blamed by the Nazis for the anti-Semitic violence and terror known as the Kristallnacht, the pogrom still seen as an initiating event of the Holocaust After learning about Nazi persecution of his family, Herschel Grynszpan, (pronounced "Greenspan"), an impoverished seventeen-year-old Jew living in Paris, bough A remarkable story of a forgotten seventeen-year-old Jew who was blamed by the Nazis for the anti-Semitic violence an...

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Title:Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust
Author:Stephen Koch
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Genres:Nonfiction
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Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust Reviews

  • Grumpus
    Jun 19, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

  • Jean
    Jun 14, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

    * I received a copy of this book in a giveaway in an exchange for review. That did not effect the outcome of the rating which was based on quality of content* I will admit that I would not have purchased a copy of this book to read. I'm a big military history fan, but avoid World W...

    In 1938, a Jewish teenager killed a diplomat in the Germany embassy in Paris. The Nazis used this incident as a pretext for the state-sponsored anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. The book tells the boy?s story. It is a well-researched book on a fascinating and forgotten chap...

    Picked this book up while strolling through the library. It definitely filled a gap ... we know Herschel Greenspan shot a German embassy employee in Paris and that was the Nazi?s excuse to launch Krisstalnacht and more atrocities against the Jews. This was well written and filled in ...

    Very interesting biography of a young man who was used as Hitler's pawn, his excuse, to start the Holocaust/The Final Solution. Oddly, I had never heard of this man prior to reading this book. The book is an easy read and has many notes and a solid bibliography. Recommended for every J...

    Thank You goodreads for another book. This one took me a lot longer to get through because of it's depressing content. Couldn't read too much at a stretch as I found the story and, the scary similarities to Trump and his administration quite upsetting. That being said - I found thi...

    This is a part of the Second World War that I had never heard about before and it was more interesting than I had initially thought. It shows the desperation of Jews living during Nazi control and how far the Nazi party would warp facts to fit their own agenda. The excellent writing ma...

    I enjoyed reading this small, intimate narrative that was such a crucial event in the build up to World War II. I knew of Kristallnacht, but did not know how Herschel Grynspan was used as a catalyst for this event. A sad, captivating tale of being pushed to the limits. ...

    The author most definitely did his research, and I can't fault him for that. I did find that there were several repetitious sentences, throughout the book, which I found to be annoying, causing me to skim through pages. ...

    Wow! I had no prior knowledge of this chapter in WWII history. Fascinating story, very well-written. I'll be looking for other books by this author. ...

    If you enjoy historical non-fiction books about facts from WW II and the holocaust, then this book is for you! Well researched and you will learn something! ...

    A very compelling and interesting read. Definitely recommend. ...

    Facts about wwII I never knew. It seemed to drag at the end. ...

    Interesting story. ...

  • Veronica
    Jul 16, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

  • Sandy Brehl
    Jan 26, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

  • Melissa
    Jun 24, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

    * I received a copy of this book in a giveaway in an exchange for review. That did not effect the outcome of the rating which was based on quality of content* I will admit that I would not have purchased a copy of this book to read. I'm a big military history fan, but avoid World W...

    In 1938, a Jewish teenager killed a diplomat in the Germany embassy in Paris. The Nazis used this incident as a pretext for the state-sponsored anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. The book tells the boy?s story. It is a well-researched book on a fascinating and forgotten chap...

    Picked this book up while strolling through the library. It definitely filled a gap ... we know Herschel Greenspan shot a German embassy employee in Paris and that was the Nazi?s excuse to launch Krisstalnacht and more atrocities against the Jews. This was well written and filled in ...

    Very interesting biography of a young man who was used as Hitler's pawn, his excuse, to start the Holocaust/The Final Solution. Oddly, I had never heard of this man prior to reading this book. The book is an easy read and has many notes and a solid bibliography. Recommended for every J...

  • Lorri
    May 07, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

    * I received a copy of this book in a giveaway in an exchange for review. That did not effect the outcome of the rating which was based on quality of content* I will admit that I would not have purchased a copy of this book to read. I'm a big military history fan, but avoid World W...

    In 1938, a Jewish teenager killed a diplomat in the Germany embassy in Paris. The Nazis used this incident as a pretext for the state-sponsored anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. The book tells the boy?s story. It is a well-researched book on a fascinating and forgotten chap...

    Picked this book up while strolling through the library. It definitely filled a gap ... we know Herschel Greenspan shot a German embassy employee in Paris and that was the Nazi?s excuse to launch Krisstalnacht and more atrocities against the Jews. This was well written and filled in ...

    Very interesting biography of a young man who was used as Hitler's pawn, his excuse, to start the Holocaust/The Final Solution. Oddly, I had never heard of this man prior to reading this book. The book is an easy read and has many notes and a solid bibliography. Recommended for every J...

    Thank You goodreads for another book. This one took me a lot longer to get through because of it's depressing content. Couldn't read too much at a stretch as I found the story and, the scary similarities to Trump and his administration quite upsetting. That being said - I found thi...

    This is a part of the Second World War that I had never heard about before and it was more interesting than I had initially thought. It shows the desperation of Jews living during Nazi control and how far the Nazi party would warp facts to fit their own agenda. The excellent writing ma...

    I enjoyed reading this small, intimate narrative that was such a crucial event in the build up to World War II. I knew of Kristallnacht, but did not know how Herschel Grynspan was used as a catalyst for this event. A sad, captivating tale of being pushed to the limits. ...

    The author most definitely did his research, and I can't fault him for that. I did find that there were several repetitious sentences, throughout the book, which I found to be annoying, causing me to skim through pages. ...

  • Lucy
    Mar 09, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

    * I received a copy of this book in a giveaway in an exchange for review. That did not effect the outcome of the rating which was based on quality of content* I will admit that I would not have purchased a copy of this book to read. I'm a big military history fan, but avoid World W...

    In 1938, a Jewish teenager killed a diplomat in the Germany embassy in Paris. The Nazis used this incident as a pretext for the state-sponsored anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. The book tells the boy?s story. It is a well-researched book on a fascinating and forgotten chap...

    Picked this book up while strolling through the library. It definitely filled a gap ... we know Herschel Greenspan shot a German embassy employee in Paris and that was the Nazi?s excuse to launch Krisstalnacht and more atrocities against the Jews. This was well written and filled in ...

    Very interesting biography of a young man who was used as Hitler's pawn, his excuse, to start the Holocaust/The Final Solution. Oddly, I had never heard of this man prior to reading this book. The book is an easy read and has many notes and a solid bibliography. Recommended for every J...

    Thank You goodreads for another book. This one took me a lot longer to get through because of it's depressing content. Couldn't read too much at a stretch as I found the story and, the scary similarities to Trump and his administration quite upsetting. That being said - I found thi...

    This is a part of the Second World War that I had never heard about before and it was more interesting than I had initially thought. It shows the desperation of Jews living during Nazi control and how far the Nazi party would warp facts to fit their own agenda. The excellent writing ma...

    I enjoyed reading this small, intimate narrative that was such a crucial event in the build up to World War II. I knew of Kristallnacht, but did not know how Herschel Grynspan was used as a catalyst for this event. A sad, captivating tale of being pushed to the limits. ...

    The author most definitely did his research, and I can't fault him for that. I did find that there were several repetitious sentences, throughout the book, which I found to be annoying, causing me to skim through pages. ...

    Wow! I had no prior knowledge of this chapter in WWII history. Fascinating story, very well-written. I'll be looking for other books by this author. ...

  • Mary Nee
    Mar 06, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

    * I received a copy of this book in a giveaway in an exchange for review. That did not effect the outcome of the rating which was based on quality of content* I will admit that I would not have purchased a copy of this book to read. I'm a big military history fan, but avoid World W...

    In 1938, a Jewish teenager killed a diplomat in the Germany embassy in Paris. The Nazis used this incident as a pretext for the state-sponsored anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. The book tells the boy?s story. It is a well-researched book on a fascinating and forgotten chap...

    Picked this book up while strolling through the library. It definitely filled a gap ... we know Herschel Greenspan shot a German embassy employee in Paris and that was the Nazi?s excuse to launch Krisstalnacht and more atrocities against the Jews. This was well written and filled in ...

    Very interesting biography of a young man who was used as Hitler's pawn, his excuse, to start the Holocaust/The Final Solution. Oddly, I had never heard of this man prior to reading this book. The book is an easy read and has many notes and a solid bibliography. Recommended for every J...

    Thank You goodreads for another book. This one took me a lot longer to get through because of it's depressing content. Couldn't read too much at a stretch as I found the story and, the scary similarities to Trump and his administration quite upsetting. That being said - I found thi...

    This is a part of the Second World War that I had never heard about before and it was more interesting than I had initially thought. It shows the desperation of Jews living during Nazi control and how far the Nazi party would warp facts to fit their own agenda. The excellent writing ma...

    I enjoyed reading this small, intimate narrative that was such a crucial event in the build up to World War II. I knew of Kristallnacht, but did not know how Herschel Grynspan was used as a catalyst for this event. A sad, captivating tale of being pushed to the limits. ...

    The author most definitely did his research, and I can't fault him for that. I did find that there were several repetitious sentences, throughout the book, which I found to be annoying, causing me to skim through pages. ...

    Wow! I had no prior knowledge of this chapter in WWII history. Fascinating story, very well-written. I'll be looking for other books by this author. ...

    If you enjoy historical non-fiction books about facts from WW II and the holocaust, then this book is for you! Well researched and you will learn something! ...

  • Adarsh
    Apr 15, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

    * I received a copy of this book in a giveaway in an exchange for review. That did not effect the outcome of the rating which was based on quality of content* I will admit that I would not have purchased a copy of this book to read. I'm a big military history fan, but avoid World W...

    In 1938, a Jewish teenager killed a diplomat in the Germany embassy in Paris. The Nazis used this incident as a pretext for the state-sponsored anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. The book tells the boy?s story. It is a well-researched book on a fascinating and forgotten chap...

    Picked this book up while strolling through the library. It definitely filled a gap ... we know Herschel Greenspan shot a German embassy employee in Paris and that was the Nazi?s excuse to launch Krisstalnacht and more atrocities against the Jews. This was well written and filled in ...

  • Christy
    Mar 06, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

  • David
    Apr 09, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

  • Nissa
    Jan 27, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

  • Charlie
    Feb 12, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

  • Chuck
    Mar 31, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

    * I received a copy of this book in a giveaway in an exchange for review. That did not effect the outcome of the rating which was based on quality of content* I will admit that I would not have purchased a copy of this book to read. I'm a big military history fan, but avoid World W...

    In 1938, a Jewish teenager killed a diplomat in the Germany embassy in Paris. The Nazis used this incident as a pretext for the state-sponsored anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. The book tells the boy?s story. It is a well-researched book on a fascinating and forgotten chap...

    Picked this book up while strolling through the library. It definitely filled a gap ... we know Herschel Greenspan shot a German embassy employee in Paris and that was the Nazi?s excuse to launch Krisstalnacht and more atrocities against the Jews. This was well written and filled in ...

    Very interesting biography of a young man who was used as Hitler's pawn, his excuse, to start the Holocaust/The Final Solution. Oddly, I had never heard of this man prior to reading this book. The book is an easy read and has many notes and a solid bibliography. Recommended for every J...

    Thank You goodreads for another book. This one took me a lot longer to get through because of it's depressing content. Couldn't read too much at a stretch as I found the story and, the scary similarities to Trump and his administration quite upsetting. That being said - I found thi...

    This is a part of the Second World War that I had never heard about before and it was more interesting than I had initially thought. It shows the desperation of Jews living during Nazi control and how far the Nazi party would warp facts to fit their own agenda. The excellent writing ma...

    I enjoyed reading this small, intimate narrative that was such a crucial event in the build up to World War II. I knew of Kristallnacht, but did not know how Herschel Grynspan was used as a catalyst for this event. A sad, captivating tale of being pushed to the limits. ...

  • Marisa Young
    May 28, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

    * I received a copy of this book in a giveaway in an exchange for review. That did not effect the outcome of the rating which was based on quality of content* I will admit that I would not have purchased a copy of this book to read. I'm a big military history fan, but avoid World W...

    In 1938, a Jewish teenager killed a diplomat in the Germany embassy in Paris. The Nazis used this incident as a pretext for the state-sponsored anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. The book tells the boy?s story. It is a well-researched book on a fascinating and forgotten chap...

  • Angela
    Sep 02, 2018

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

  • Shari   Gonzales
    Mar 06, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

    * I received a copy of this book in a giveaway in an exchange for review. That did not effect the outcome of the rating which was based on quality of content* I will admit that I would not have purchased a copy of this book to read. I'm a big military history fan, but avoid World W...

    In 1938, a Jewish teenager killed a diplomat in the Germany embassy in Paris. The Nazis used this incident as a pretext for the state-sponsored anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. The book tells the boy?s story. It is a well-researched book on a fascinating and forgotten chap...

    Picked this book up while strolling through the library. It definitely filled a gap ... we know Herschel Greenspan shot a German embassy employee in Paris and that was the Nazi?s excuse to launch Krisstalnacht and more atrocities against the Jews. This was well written and filled in ...

    Very interesting biography of a young man who was used as Hitler's pawn, his excuse, to start the Holocaust/The Final Solution. Oddly, I had never heard of this man prior to reading this book. The book is an easy read and has many notes and a solid bibliography. Recommended for every J...

    Thank You goodreads for another book. This one took me a lot longer to get through because of it's depressing content. Couldn't read too much at a stretch as I found the story and, the scary similarities to Trump and his administration quite upsetting. That being said - I found thi...

    This is a part of the Second World War that I had never heard about before and it was more interesting than I had initially thought. It shows the desperation of Jews living during Nazi control and how far the Nazi party would warp facts to fit their own agenda. The excellent writing ma...

    I enjoyed reading this small, intimate narrative that was such a crucial event in the build up to World War II. I knew of Kristallnacht, but did not know how Herschel Grynspan was used as a catalyst for this event. A sad, captivating tale of being pushed to the limits. ...

    The author most definitely did his research, and I can't fault him for that. I did find that there were several repetitious sentences, throughout the book, which I found to be annoying, causing me to skim through pages. ...

    Wow! I had no prior knowledge of this chapter in WWII history. Fascinating story, very well-written. I'll be looking for other books by this author. ...

    If you enjoy historical non-fiction books about facts from WW II and the holocaust, then this book is for you! Well researched and you will learn something! ...

    A very compelling and interesting read. Definitely recommend. ...

  • Betty
    Apr 09, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

    * I received a copy of this book in a giveaway in an exchange for review. That did not effect the outcome of the rating which was based on quality of content* I will admit that I would not have purchased a copy of this book to read. I'm a big military history fan, but avoid World W...

    In 1938, a Jewish teenager killed a diplomat in the Germany embassy in Paris. The Nazis used this incident as a pretext for the state-sponsored anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. The book tells the boy?s story. It is a well-researched book on a fascinating and forgotten chap...

    Picked this book up while strolling through the library. It definitely filled a gap ... we know Herschel Greenspan shot a German embassy employee in Paris and that was the Nazi?s excuse to launch Krisstalnacht and more atrocities against the Jews. This was well written and filled in ...

    Very interesting biography of a young man who was used as Hitler's pawn, his excuse, to start the Holocaust/The Final Solution. Oddly, I had never heard of this man prior to reading this book. The book is an easy read and has many notes and a solid bibliography. Recommended for every J...

    Thank You goodreads for another book. This one took me a lot longer to get through because of it's depressing content. Couldn't read too much at a stretch as I found the story and, the scary similarities to Trump and his administration quite upsetting. That being said - I found thi...

  • Shira
    May 08, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

  • Alley
    Feb 20, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

    * I received a copy of this book in a giveaway in an exchange for review. That did not effect the outcome of the rating which was based on quality of content* I will admit that I would not have purchased a copy of this book to read. I'm a big military history fan, but avoid World W...

  • Hal Issen
    May 12, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

  • Robert LoCicero
    Jun 11, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

  • Monica
    Feb 03, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

  • Nkwright
    Jul 06, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

    * I received a copy of this book in a giveaway in an exchange for review. That did not effect the outcome of the rating which was based on quality of content* I will admit that I would not have purchased a copy of this book to read. I'm a big military history fan, but avoid World W...

    In 1938, a Jewish teenager killed a diplomat in the Germany embassy in Paris. The Nazis used this incident as a pretext for the state-sponsored anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. The book tells the boy?s story. It is a well-researched book on a fascinating and forgotten chap...

    Picked this book up while strolling through the library. It definitely filled a gap ... we know Herschel Greenspan shot a German embassy employee in Paris and that was the Nazi?s excuse to launch Krisstalnacht and more atrocities against the Jews. This was well written and filled in ...

    Very interesting biography of a young man who was used as Hitler's pawn, his excuse, to start the Holocaust/The Final Solution. Oddly, I had never heard of this man prior to reading this book. The book is an easy read and has many notes and a solid bibliography. Recommended for every J...

    Thank You goodreads for another book. This one took me a lot longer to get through because of it's depressing content. Couldn't read too much at a stretch as I found the story and, the scary similarities to Trump and his administration quite upsetting. That being said - I found thi...

    This is a part of the Second World War that I had never heard about before and it was more interesting than I had initially thought. It shows the desperation of Jews living during Nazi control and how far the Nazi party would warp facts to fit their own agenda. The excellent writing ma...

    I enjoyed reading this small, intimate narrative that was such a crucial event in the build up to World War II. I knew of Kristallnacht, but did not know how Herschel Grynspan was used as a catalyst for this event. A sad, captivating tale of being pushed to the limits. ...

    The author most definitely did his research, and I can't fault him for that. I did find that there were several repetitious sentences, throughout the book, which I found to be annoying, causing me to skim through pages. ...

    Wow! I had no prior knowledge of this chapter in WWII history. Fascinating story, very well-written. I'll be looking for other books by this author. ...

    If you enjoy historical non-fiction books about facts from WW II and the holocaust, then this book is for you! Well researched and you will learn something! ...

    A very compelling and interesting read. Definitely recommend. ...

    Facts about wwII I never knew. It seemed to drag at the end. ...

  • Naina
    Oct 01, 2018

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

  • Dan Rosenblum
    Jun 19, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

  • Natasha
    Mar 16, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

    * I received a copy of this book in a giveaway in an exchange for review. That did not effect the outcome of the rating which was based on quality of content* I will admit that I would not have purchased a copy of this book to read. I'm a big military history fan, but avoid World W...

    In 1938, a Jewish teenager killed a diplomat in the Germany embassy in Paris. The Nazis used this incident as a pretext for the state-sponsored anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. The book tells the boy?s story. It is a well-researched book on a fascinating and forgotten chap...

    Picked this book up while strolling through the library. It definitely filled a gap ... we know Herschel Greenspan shot a German embassy employee in Paris and that was the Nazi?s excuse to launch Krisstalnacht and more atrocities against the Jews. This was well written and filled in ...

    Very interesting biography of a young man who was used as Hitler's pawn, his excuse, to start the Holocaust/The Final Solution. Oddly, I had never heard of this man prior to reading this book. The book is an easy read and has many notes and a solid bibliography. Recommended for every J...

    Thank You goodreads for another book. This one took me a lot longer to get through because of it's depressing content. Couldn't read too much at a stretch as I found the story and, the scary similarities to Trump and his administration quite upsetting. That being said - I found thi...

    This is a part of the Second World War that I had never heard about before and it was more interesting than I had initially thought. It shows the desperation of Jews living during Nazi control and how far the Nazi party would warp facts to fit their own agenda. The excellent writing ma...

  • Lila Smith
    Mar 04, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

  • Victoria Wood
    Apr 03, 2019

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...

    Hitler's Pawn is a well-researched, non-fiction account of Hershel Grynszpan's impact as one of the catalysts of World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hershel Grynszpan was a seventeen-year-old Jewish boy seeking refuge in France from Germany. The rest of his family was still in Germany and h...

    I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion. A story of an unknown Jew boy named, Hershel Grynszpan. He left Germany and went to France to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He got upset about Germany's treatment of Jews and decided to take a stand. He did not realize that by taking ...

    If you are interested in WWII or the Holocaust, you will want to read this book. No, it is not an easy book to read but, it moves quickly and is well-written. I highly recommend it. ...

    I'm by no means a WWII/Holocaust scholar, but I've done some deep dives in research for writing and now in training to be an outreach educator for Holocaust History. Even so, this provided new-to-me valuable information about historic events and the intricacies of various players in th...

    I usually read memoirs with their feelings. This was straight facts in paragraph form. That being said the book was great for what it was for! ...

    3.5 stars ...

    The title struck me as different and possibly intriguing. After reading this rather short tome I can say that it was worth picking up and reading. The amazing story of a Jewish assassin, one Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), is a little told tale from before the start of Wor...

    The author, Stephen Koch, presents a little-known footnote about the start of the Holocaust and WWII. Most people who read much about these topics know the sequence of Nazi Germany's takeovers of surrounding territory to "reunite" the German-speaking people to Germany. Persecutions and...

    A fascinating biography on Herschel Grynszpan, the young man who assassinated a German official in 1938. The Nazis used this as a catalyst to unleash the worst pogrom in history, Kristallnacht. Koch details Herschel's origins and his history, as well as his motives for committing murde...

    Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch is a mesmerizing and captivating read about a period much-forgotten history for many. The story of the boy who started the events which many believed led to the horrors experienced by the Jewish people is one which i...

    I bought this book because of my interest in WW2 and the promise of the author, Stephen Koch, who is my age and spent much of his career teaching creative writing, most recently at Columbia University. The book borrows from extensive publications about the seventeen-year-old boy whose ...

    HITLER?S PAWN is a well researched non-fiction account about Hershel Grynszpan, and the impact he had in the anti-semitic terror called Kristallnacht ? which is still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Hershel is a 17-year-old Jew who left Germany to seek refu...

  • Alex Sullivan
    Sep 20, 2018

    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.com The author really gets into the nitty-gritty stuff on this non-fiction story. Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan") is a 17-year-old Jew living in Paris. His family already sent to concentration camps has Herschel on an angry spin. H...

    As a historian, it's always refreshing to read a book that teaches me something new--especially about a topic I've studied quite a bit. Koch's work recounts the tale of a Jewish male teenager living in exile in Paris, who decided to revenge the deportation of his family and 12,000 othe...

    The grumpus23 (23-Word Commentary) Jewish teenager assassinates Nazi official in Paris. Hitler attempts to make the legal case that this is the reason for Kristallnacht and Holocaust. ...

    A naive young Jewish refuge kills a German embassy official in Paris, setting off the Kristallnacht. This is a cautionary tale on two levels. The first involves Hitler, Gobbles, the Nazis, and their ability to manipulate the public perception of events to support their political agenda...

    This is a tighly written examination of the life a relatively minor figure who casted a large shadow on the politics surrounding the Second World War. It is well researched and written in an easy to read style, with plenty of background information for those who are not intimently fami...