Herschel Grynszpan Biography
Birthday: March 28, 1921 (Aries)
Born In: Hanover
Herschel Grynszpan was a Polish-Jewish refugee. Born and raised in Germany, Herschel was charged with the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath. Herschel grew up in a middle class family which had emigrated from Poland to Germany in 1911. During his schooldays, Herschel was considered to be an extremely intelligent student. However, he was deemed lazy by his teachers as he refused to learn what was being taught at the school. He dropped out of school at the age of 14. He later accused his teachers and classmates of being racist towards him for being an ‘Eastern Jew.’ Herschel then moved to Belgium and later entered Paris illegally. In the late 1930s, many Polish Jews, including Herschel’s family, faced difficulties in Germany under the Nazi regime. In November 1938, Herschel decided to assassinate the German ambassador in France to avenge the persecuted Jews in Germany. However, he shot Ernst vom Rath, who was a junior Embassy official. Herschel was then kept in prison in Paris and was later handed over to Germany. His eventual fate remains unknown. On May 8, 1960, Herschel Grynszpan was declared dead in absentia.