Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust” as Want to Read:
Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Hitler's Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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
...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Counterpoint
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Hitler's Pawn, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Hitler's Pawn

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-50
3.95  · 
Rating details
 ·  20 ratings  ·  8 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
Charlie
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received this ARC book thru 01911888.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. 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 is born from this event. Hitler now has an excuse
...more
Angela
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 seized on the action to justify Kristallnacht and, ul ...more
Alex Sullivan
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 belongings. Hearing of this, Hershel concocts a plan ...more
Monica
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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, Grynszpan became front page news and a pawn in a gl
...more
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 the author fell into a pattern of repeating inform
...more
Alley
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
* 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 this book because I would have never gain such a p
...more
Lisa
rated it liked it
Feb 12, 2019
Shannon
rated it it was amazing
Sep 07, 2018
Kate
rated it really liked it
Jan 29, 2019
Julie Funke
rated it really liked it
Feb 11, 2019
Mike Smith
rated it it was amazing
Feb 13, 2019
Suzanne
rated it liked it
Feb 02, 2019
Barb Shade
rated it liked it
Jan 27, 2019
Anna
rated it liked it
Jan 27, 2019
eleanor moulton
rated it it was amazing
Feb 17, 2019
Christina Marroquin
rated it liked it
Jan 26, 2019
Jake Wynn
rated it liked it
Feb 04, 2019
Counterpoint Press
rated it it was amazing
Nov 19, 2018
Jerome
marked it as to-read
Jul 22, 2018
Kristen
marked it as to-read
Aug 02, 2018
Amie Schneider
marked it as to-read
Aug 16, 2018
Amy
marked it as to-read
Aug 17, 2018
Amanda
added it
Aug 21, 2018
Nellie
added it
Aug 25, 2018
Rachel
marked it as to-read
Sep 09, 2018
Shawn
is currently reading it
Sep 13, 2018
Benjamin baschinsky
marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2018
Dorismarr
marked it as to-read
Sep 26, 2018
Meighan
marked it as to-read
Oct 05, 2018
Smudge
marked it as to-read
Oct 16, 2018
Kimberly
marked it as to-read
Oct 23, 2018
Vicki
marked it as to-read
Oct 26, 2018
Rose
marked it as to-read
Dec 01, 2018
dreamer of art
marked it as to-read
Dec 04, 2018
Joanne
marked it as to-read
Dec 10, 2018
Frederick Rotzien
marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2018
Henry Fitzroy
marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2018
Fleet Sparrow
marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2018
Kara
marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2018
Allie
marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2018
Christina
marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2018
Kim Friant
marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2018
Douglass Abramson
marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2018
Sam
marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2018
Judy
marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2018
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation
  • Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968
  • Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
  • Odin's Promise (Odin's Promise, #1)
  • Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice
  • Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist
  • Irena's Jars of Secrets
  • Gandhi: a March to the Sea
  • Anna Is Still Here
  • What Was the March on Washington?
  • Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten
  • Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas
  • One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II
  • Eleanor, Quiet No More
  • She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story
  • My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees
  • Edward Hopper Paints His World
50 followers
Stephen Koch is the author of The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction; The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of José Robles; Double Lives: Spies and Writers in the Secret Soviet War of Ideas Against the West; and other books. He previously taught creative writing at Columbia and Princeton universities for nearly twenty years.
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) | Slash – Living The Dream 2018 124 MB 23/09/2018 120 13 | 13-01-2019- Sun Naam Oruvar – Sun TV Show