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Hero and/or Martyr

One desperate act and its unintended consequences.

May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
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One instructive irony remains. Because the elder Grynszpans had been stranded in Poland, and were shipped further east, they fell into the hands not of the Wehrmacht but of the Red Army—and survived the war. In 1961, Grynszpan’s aged father, Zindel, was the first Holocaust survivor to take the stand as a witness in the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. 

Philip Terzian is literary editor of The Weekly Standard.