Paul Briscoe

On November 9 and 10 1938, when Jewish homes, shops and synagogues were wrecked in an outpouring of anti-Semitism orchestrated by the Nazi party, one unlikely participant in the pogrom was an eight-year-old English boy, who was living in the Bavarian town of Miltenberg.

Feeling very much the foreigner, and anxious to be accepted, Paul Briscoe followed the instructions of his teachers and joined in the trashing of the local synagogue with gusto. He and his classmates smashed all the furniture in the building, and pelted the rabbi with his own books.

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