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Hitler's Scapegoat by Stephen Koch

Hitler's Scapegoat

The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust

Stephen Koch

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Imprint: Amberley Publishing
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 15 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9781445689500

How Hitler used the murder of a Nazi diplomat to blame the Jews for WW2, based on new archive sources. On 7 November 1938, an impoverished seventeen-year-old Polish Jew living in Paris, obsessed with Nazi persecution of his family in Germany, brooding on revenge - and his own insignificance - bought a handgun, carried it on the Metro to the German Embassy in Paris and (never before having fired a weapon) shot down the first German diplomat he saw. When the official died two days later, Hitler and Goebbels used the event as their pretext for the state-sponsored wave of anti-Semitic violence and terror known as Kristallnacht, the pogrom that was the initiating event of the Holocaust

5 stars out of 5
Colin Greenwood
31 Jan 2019

"Stephen Koch’s book vividly describes the sordid, compromised world of 1930s Europe after the Munich agreement"

Stephen Koch’s book vividly describes the sordid, compromised world of 1930s Europe after the Munich agreement of September 1938, especially the attempts by France both to appease and resist the baleful Nazi threat... But Koch chiefly brings the lone, frail, adolescent Herschel back to life, as he comes to terms with his hot-headed act of resistance and understands that he has become a pawn of Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda...Koch has done great service to his memory, with this tale of revenge, remorse, subterfuge, and the stubborn courage of one teenage boy determined to outwit the Nazis’ plans for him. 

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