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Herschel Grynszpan Reported in Nazi Hands

September 9, 1940
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Herschel Grynszpan, who assassinated a German Embassy official in Paris in November, 1938, has been turned over to the German military authorities by the Petain Government, under the terms of the armistice, the United Press reports from Vichy. (The armistice agreement provides that France must turn over any refugees the Reich desires.)

Grynszpan was taken to Germany by automobile, escorted by armed police, it was reported. French authorities said they had no idea of what happened to him in Germany.

(According to a Jewish Telegraphic Agency dispatch Herschel Grynzpan, who was lodged in a Paris Jail awaiting trial, was evacuated from Paris in June, before the Nazi entry into the capital, and was in a Toulouse jail in July a pseydonym. At the end of July he was transferred from Toulouse to an undisclosed point.

(On Nov. 7, 1938, Grynszpan shot and fatally wounded Ernst vom Rath, a secretary of the German Embassy in Paris, in protest against Nazi persecution of Jews, particularly the expulsion of Polish Jews from the Reich. The assassination was used by the Nazis as the pretext for pogroms throughout the Reich and other measures against the Jews.

(Grynszpan was held in a Paris jail pending trial, but the trial was indefinitely postponed when the war broke out. The youth asked the French authorities for permission to join the army and fight against the Germans, but permission was refused.)

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