Herschel Grynszpan

Herschel Grynszpan

Political Assassin
Born Mar 28, 1921
Age 93
Hometown Hanover

Herschel Feibel Grynszpan was a German-born Jewish refugee of Polish parents, and convicted political assassin. Grynszpan's assassination of the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath on November 7, 1938 in Paris (in revenge for the expulsion of his family), provided the Nazis with a convenient pretext for the Kristallnacht, the antisemitic pogrom of November 9%E2%80%9310, 1938. Grynszpan was seized by the Gestapo after the German invasion of France and brought to Germany.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born in 1921.


1935 14 Years Old Herschel attended a state primary school until he was 14, in 1935. … Read More
1936 15 Years Old …  He had no intention of staying in Belgium, however, and in September 1936 he entered France illegally. … Read More
1937 16 Years Old His re-entry permit for Germany expired in April 1937 and his Polish passport expired in January 1938, leaving him without legal papers.
In July 1938, the Prefecture of Police ruled that Grynszpan had no basis for his request to stay in France, and in August he was ordered to leave the country. … Read More
1939 18 Years Old The outbreak of World War II in September 1939 made it impossible for the Germans to participate further (although they engaged a Swiss lawyer to represent their interests), and also causing the French authorities to lose interest in prosecuting Grynszpan. … Read More
1940 19 Years Old As a result, there was no trial, and Grynszpan was still in prison when the invading German Army approached Paris in June 1940. … Read More


1941 20 Years Old 1 More Event
The solution was to charge Grynszpan with high treason, for which he could be legally tried and executed if convicted. It took some time to persuade everyone concerned of the "legality" of this, and it was not until October 1941 that he was formally indicted. … Read More
1942 21 Years Old Grynszpan's fate after September 1942 is not known. … Read More
1943 22 Years Old He was still alive in late 1943 or early 1944, when he was interrogated by Adolf Eichmann at Gestapo headquarters in Berlin.


1952 31 Years Old Sendel Grynszpan, Herschel's father, was present at the Israeli premiere in 1952 of Sir Michael Tippett's oratorio about Grynszpan, A Child of Our Time.


1961 40 Years Old Extract from Adolf Eichmann's testimony at his trial, 1961:
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