Book Festival - Stephen KochDate: November 4, 2019Time: 11:00 am
Hitler’s Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust After learning about Nazi persecution of his family, Herschel Grynszpan bought a small handgun and on November 7, 1938, went to the German Embassy and shot a German diplomat, creating the pretext for the state-sponsored wave of anti-Semitic terror known as the Kristallnacht, still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Overnight, Grynszpan was front-page news. After a wild chase, the Nazi's captured Grynszpan and flew him to Berlin with plans to use him as a massive show-trial to blame "The Jews" for starting the Second World War. Grasping Hitler's intentions Grynszpan waged a battle of wits to sabotage the trial.
Steven Koch is the author of two novels and many books of non-fiction ranging from Andy Warhol to WWII. Koch is currently the Director of the Peter Jujar Archive and served as the chairman of the Creative Writing Division in the School of the Arts and Columbia University.
Monday, November 04, 2019 | 11:00 am