Nazi history

The frightened teenager Herschel Grynszpan, photographed in a Paris police cell. After his transportation to Berlin, he realised that he was being kept alive — ‘the safest Jew in Germany’ — to appear as star defendant at a grotesque Nazi show trial

The hot-headed youth who played straight into Hitler’s hands

2 February 2019 9:00 am

On 7 November 1938, the 17-year-old Herschel Grynszpan walked into the German embassy in Paris. Claiming to have secret papers,…