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Ernst vom Rath

Diplomat from Germany

Ernst Eduard vom Rath (3 June 1909–9 November 1938) was a German diplomat, remembered for his assassination in Paris in 1938 by a Jewish youth, Herschel Grynszpan. The assassination triggered Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass". Vom Rath was born in Frankfurt am Main, the son of a high-ranking public official. He attended a school in Breslau, and then studied law at Bonn, Munich and Königsberg, until 1932, when he joined the Nazi Party and became a career diplomat. In April 1933 he became a member of the SA, the party paramilitary. In 1935, after a posting in Bucharest, he was posted to the German embassy in Paris. In November 1938, vom Rath was fatally shot by a 17-year-old Polish Jewish youth, Herschel Grynszpan, who had fled from Germany to France. The reason Grynszpan chose vom Rath as his victim is not known with certainty, although it is known that he was upset over news that his family was being deported from Germany back to Poland. Most accounts of the shooting state that Grynszpan did not ask for Rath by name but only asked to speak to a member of the diplomatic staff. Rath died of his wounds after two days. The anti-Semitic violence of Kristallnacht was launched  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1909-06-03
Place of birth
Frankfurt
Nationality
Germany
Profession
Diplomat

Death

Date of death
1938-11-09
Cause of death
Assassination,Firearm
Place of death
Paris

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