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The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan
November 11, 2013

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013 | 6:30pm
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Jonathan Kirsch; Adam Kirsch

Admission: General - $10 | YIVO, CJH, LBI and JBC members, seniors and students - $7
Box Office: | 212.868.4444

On November 7, 1938, 17-year-old Herschel Grynszpan shot Ernst vom Rath, a Nazi diplomat, igniting the campaign of terror that started two days later and came to be known as Kristallnacht. Join author Jonathan Kirsch and his son Adam Kirsch, literary critic and journalist, as they discuss the new book The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan and reexamine the historical details and moral dimensions of one of World War II’s most enigmatic cases.

This event is presented by the YIVO Institute, the Center for Jewish History, the Leo Beck Institute and the Jewish Book Council.

The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat and a Murder in Paris will be available for sale at the event.

Adam Kirsch is a senior editor at The New Republic, a columnist for Tablet Magazine and has written for The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. He is the author of The Thousand Wells (2002), The Wounded Surgeon: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets (2005), Invasions: New Poems (2008), The Modern Element: Essays on Contemporary Poetry (2008) and Benjamin Disraeli (2008). His most recent book is Why Trilling Matters (2011).

Jonathan Kirsch is the author of The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat and a Murder in Paris (2013). Kirsch is the author of twelve other books, including the best-selling A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization (2006), the national best-sellers The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible (1998) and King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel (2001), and the best-selling God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism (2004). Kirsch is an attorney specializing in intellectual property and publishing law, the book editor of The Jewish Journal, a longtime book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times, a guest commentator for NPR affiliates KCRW-FM and KPCC-FM in Southern California, and an Adjunct Professor on the faculty of New York University’s Professional Publishing Program.
Venue: YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History  |  15 West 16th Street - NYC   view map

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All public programs are wheelchair accessible. A limited number of assistive listening devices are available for deaf and hard of hearing individuals upon request.