Hitler's Pawn by Stephen Koch

Hitler's Pawn

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 HolocaustAfter learning about Nazi persecution of his family, Herschel Grynszpan, (pronounced "Greenspan"), an impoverished seventeen-year-old Jew living in Paris, bought a small handgun and on November 7, 1938, went to the German Embassy and s...

Details Hitler's Pawn

TitleHitler's Pawn
Release DateJan 8th, 2019
GenreNonfiction, History, World War II, Holocaust, War, Biography, Audiobook, Cultural, Germany

Reviews Hitler's Pawn

  • Charlie
    Received this ARC book thru Goodreads.comThe 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. He's had enough and wanted to make the world know what's happening to the Jews in the real world. Buys a gun - shoots a German diplomat and the story begins. Kristallnacht...
  • Angela
    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 other Polish Jews from legal residence in Germany in October 1938. He shot a low-level German diplomat to bring light to Nazi atrocities, and Hitler and his minions sei...
  • Alex Sullivan
    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 familiar with the time period. A good read for anyone interested in the events leading up to the Second World War and the Holocaust.Received advanced reader copy.
  • Naina
    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 had been subjected to horrible treatment by the Germans--they were rounded up with other Jewish families and deported to Poland without any notice or any of their be...
  • Monica
    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 this stand, he would start a great state-sponsored wave of anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht. Many believe that this event initiated the Holocaust.Overnight, G...
  • Nissa
    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.
  • Sandy Brehl
    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 the Third Reich echelons.The detailed research cites reliable sources, and the events and personalities unfold with surprising revelations. I confess to feeling that ...
  • Lila Smith
    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!
  • David
    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 restrictions of Jews were already started and many Jews looked for ways to flee with their families to other countries. One of those families included Herschel Gry...
  • Christy
    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 is not taught in schools today. His story appears to have been lost to our current generation and one which would like to be forgotten by past generations. Koch writes w...
  • Victoria Wood
    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 refuge in Paris. He discovers that his family has been sent to concentration camps in Poland, and this puts him in a downward spiral. He concocts an idea to shoots a German...
  • Alley
    * 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 War 2 often since it is often repetitive topics. This book on the other hand was very well written on an overlooked footnote in World War 2. I'm so glad I won a copy of ...
  • Natasha
    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 makes it easy to get through and keep things engaging.
  • Betty
    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 this history lesson quite informative.
  • Adarsh
    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 a lot of details I didn’t know about.
  • Chuck
    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.
  • Lucy
    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
    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!
  • Shari Gonzales
    A very compelling and interesting read. Definitely recommend.