Because of a in Paris killed diplomats .. Germany witnessed a blood bath

Between November 9 and 10, 1938, Germany experienced acts of violence, die die the Jewish population of the country and their property. These acts of violence, known as Kristallnacht or Kristallnacht, resulted in the murder of dozen of Jews and the arrest of more than 30,000 others. Meanwhile, thousands of Jewish shops and churches were set on fire and destroyed by angry Nazi fanatics after the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath in Paris was murdered by a German-Jewish teenager of Polish descent.

diplomat in Paris

In addition, Ernst vom Rath became on June 3, 1909 in Frankfurt as the son of one in Father was born active in politics and diplomacy. During his career Vom Rath studied law before joining in 1932 in the months before Adolf Hitler’s chancellorship decided to join the NSDAP.

Because of a in Paris killed diplomats .. Germany witnessed a blood bath

In 1933 vom Rath became an active member of the storm department under the command of Ernst Röhm, die represented the paramilitary wing of the NSDAP. Obtained during this time die storm Division in Germany and the rest of Europe notoriety where die Members of this paramilitary division, estimated at 3 million people, attacked opponents of Adolf Hitler and German Jews and street battles against members of other parties, especially the communists.

As Adolf Hitler in 1934 die SA and its commander Ernst Röhm got rid of Fom Rath for his efforts in the previous time rewarded, appointed diplomat and on die Embassy of his country in Paris posted.

Assassination and Token Upgrade

Meanwhile Fom Rath was in Germany not a well-known personality, as he was sent to Paris with the rank of third-class diplomat. Without the assassination attempt in connection with Kristallnacht, this would be an ambiguous figure in stayed in the history books.

Photo of the diplomat Fom Rath

On November 7, 1938, a 17-year-old teenager, Herschel Grynszpan, went to the German embassy in Paris to ask Fom Rath a question before shooting him with bullets, die yourself in settled in several areas of his abdomen. At the same time the police arrived, the Jewish teenager showed no resistance when he was arrested.

During his interrogation, Herschel Greenzbahn talked about retaliation against Germany for the expulsion of Polish Jews, including his parents, earlier this year die Nazis. In the further course of the research, this teenager told the French investigators another story, in that he talked about a sex scandal, its authenticity from everyone in Question was asked and brought him together with the German diplomat.

Also were die Nazis angry after this incident. When Adolf Hitler heard of this, Adolf Hitler sent a number of doctors to Paris to rescue Fom Rath, who died of his injuries on November 9, 1938, at the age of 29.

Page from Foam Rath's funeral

Page from Foam Rath’s funeral

Received through this process die Nazis a new excuse to persecute German Jews. In the evening, the German Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels announced that his country was against die Jews were at war and stressed that die Police will not take steps to protect them from reprisals die in could break out against them in the coming days die famous acts of violence, known as Kristallnacht.

About a week later, von Rath had a state funeral attended by Adolf Hitler and Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop. In addition, the Nazi leader symbolically conferred the rank of consul on the diplomat Fom Rath.

Herschel Grinzbahn meanwhile had a show trial in Paris. With the invasion of the Nazis in France during World War II, the latter disappeared from the records and was officially lost in 1942.

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