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Yad Vashem This Month in Holocaust History
November
November 1938, Herschel Grynszpan under arrest in Paris, France

November 1938

Herschel Grynszpan under arrest in Paris, France

After learning that his family, along with thousands of Jews of Polish origin in Germany, had been deported to the German-Polish border town of Zbaszyn, Herschel Grynszpan decided to assassinate a German official in protest. On November 7, 1938 he shot the German embassy’s third secretary, Ernst vom Rath, at close range. The Germans used the assassination as an excuse to launch the Kristallnacht pogrom throughout Germany and Austria. More about Kristallnacht.

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