The German Officer's Boy by Harlan GreeneThe German Officer's Boy by Harlan Greene

The German Officer's Boy

byHarlan Greene

Paperback | September 20, 2012

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What really happened that afternoon in November 1938, when a young Polish Jew walked into the German embassy in Paris and shots rang out? The immediate consequence was concrete: Nazis retaliated with Kristallnacht—“Night of Broken Glass”—the beginning of the Holocaust. Lost in the aftermath is the story of Herschel Grynszpan, the confused teenager whose murder of Ernst vom Rath was used to justify Kristallnacht.
    In this historical novel, award-winning writer Harlan Greene takes Grynszpan at his word. Historians have tried to explain away the claim that he was involved in a love affair with vom Rath; Greene, instead, depicts the lives of the underprivileged and persecuted Grynszpan and the wealthy German diplomat vom Rath as they move inevitably toward their ill-fated affair.
Harlan Greene, the son of Holocaust survivors, is author of Why We Never Danced the Charleston and the Lambda Literary Award–winner What the Dead Remember. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
Title:The German Officer's BoyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:September 20, 2012Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299208141

ISBN - 13:9780299208141

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“Prose so tender and seductive your heart aches for the actors in this tragedy.”—Chuck Curtis, The Historical Novels Review