This Day in Jewish History / A Teenager Shoots a Nazi, Then Foils Their Show Trial

The Germans wanted to showcase Herschel Grynszpan’s attack on Ernst vom Rath as Jewish evil, but the 17-year old claimed they’d been homosexual lovers.

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On November 7, 1938, Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year-old German-Jewish refugee living in Paris, entered the German embassy there and shot a junior diplomat named Ernst vom Rath, 29, who died two days later....