Herschel Grynszpan

Herschel Grynszpan

Convicted of the Assassination of German Diplomat Ernst Vom Rath
Born Mar 28, 1921

Herschel Feibel Grynszpan was a Polish Jew and political assassin. Grynszpan's assassination of the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath on November 7, 1938, after the deportation of his family, provided the excuse for the Nazi Kristallnacht, the antisemitic pogrom of November 9–10, 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.
1927 6 Years Old The outcome of the Schwartzbard trial in 1927 when Sholom Schwartzbard was acquitted for assassinating Symon Petliura in 1926 under the grounds that he was avenging the pogroms committed by Ukrainian forces was a major factor in Grynszpan seeking the "Jewish avenger" defense, much to the chagrin of Moro-Giafferi. … Read More


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 1 More Event
His re-entry permit for Germany expired in April 1937 and his Polish passport expired in January 1938, leaving him without legal papers.
From October 1938 onwards, Grynszpan was in constant hiding as the French police were looking for him in order to deport him, a situation that put Grynszpan under considerable stress and strain. … 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
…  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
…  Grynszpan's fate after September 1942 is not known. … Read More
1945 24 Years Old …  The complete absence of any sort of communication with his family after 1945 would have been very much out of character for Grynszpan. … Read More
1947 26 Years Old The origin of the story of homosexuality was the defendant's French attorney, Maitre Moro-Giafferi. He claimed in 1947 that he simply invented the story as a possible line of defence, one that would put the affair in an entirely new light. … Read More


1952 31 Years Old After the war the remaining family members immigrated to the Palestine Mandate, which became Israel. Sendel Grynszpan, Herschel's father, was present at the Israeli premiere in 1952 of Sir Michael Tippett's oratorio about Herschel Grynszpan, A Child of Our Time.
1957 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1957 an article written by the German historian Helmut Heiber claimed that he was sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp and survived the war, while another one by Egon Larsen published two years later argued that Grynszpan had changed his name and was living in Paris and working as a garage mechanic. … Read More
1960 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Grynszpan was declared legally dead by the West German government in 1960, at the request of his parents who declared that they had heard nothing from him since the war.
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