Herschel Grynszpan

Herschel Grynszpan

Confessed Killer of German Diplomat Ernst Vom Rath
Born Mar 28, 1921
Age 94
Hometown Hanover
Other Names Grünspan, Hermann

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, provided the Nazis with the pretext for the Kristallnacht, the antisemitic pogrom of 9-10 November 1938. Grynszpan was seized by the Gestapo after the German invasion of France and brought to Germany.… Read More

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  • Herschel Grynszpan; Be Assured: He's Dead
    NYTimes - Nov 14, 1999
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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 had been very much out of character for Grynszpan. … Read More


1952 31 Years Old 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 …  In 1957 an article written by the German historian Helmut Heimer 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 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.


1981 60 Years Old In 1981, Heimer retracted his article of 1957, stating he now believed that Grynszpan had died during the war.
2010 89 Years Old …  An American journalist Jonathan Mark (who believed in the theory of the Rath-Grynszpan relationship) wrote in 2010: "I guarantee you, if everything about Grynszpan's case was the same, except that he slept with Anne Frank, or some other nice Jewish girl, instead of Ernst vom Rath, he'd be the subject of symposiums and seminars every Kristallnacht and Yom HaShoah, too, and day school lesson-plans, and there'd be floats in his honor at the Salute to Israel Parade."
2013 92 Years Old …  In 2013, the Dutch historian Sidney Smeets called Solitkow a "con-man" whose statements about Grynszpan and Rath were all lies.
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