Meet Stephen Koch

Author of Hitler’s Pawn

Meet Stephen Koch

Author of Hitler’s Pawn

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A remarkable story of a forgotten seventeen-year-old Jew who was blamed by the Nazis for the anti-Semitic violence and terror known as the Kristallnacht, the pogrom still seen as an initiating event of the Holocaust. 

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About Stephen Koch

Stephen Koch left the Midwest and arrived in New York City on the night John Kennedy was nominated to be president of the United States. The latter event not only marked a new phase in American history, but also in the writer’s life. He has lived and worked in New York since that night. He began to suspect that he ought to become a writer at the age of eleven. By twelve, he was certain of it.

Koch is the author of two novels and five books of nonfiction, ranging from history to literary history and a handbook on creative writing called The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. His most recent book is Hitler’s Pawn – The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust  about the life of a Jewish teenager who in 1938 assassinated a minor German Diplomat and gave Hitler his pretext for Kristallnacht, and had worldwide repercussions in the lead up to the second World War.

Writings 

The Pictures: Securing Peter Hujar’s place among the greats

The Pictures: Securing Peter Hujar’s place among the greats

“Boy on Raft,” 1978. All photographs by Peter Hujar © Peter Hujar Archive, LLC. Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York City/Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. Hujar’s work is on view at the Morgan Library and Museum, in New York City, through May 20, and his monograph, Peter Hujar: Speed of Life, was published last year by Aperture. This article appeared in the May 2018 issue of Harper's Magazine.    As he approached his death in 1987, the photographer Peter Hujar was...

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Carravagio and the Unseen

Carravagio and the Unseen

Carravagio and the Unseen (first published as an essay in Antaeus in 1989, and republished in Writers on Artists, edited by Daniel Halpern, by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1990). When the poet Daniel Halpern, then the editor of the great literary magazine, Antaeus, asked a bunch of writers for essays about a favorite visual artist, I instantly chose Caravaggio. No painter of any era has spoken to me with more overwhelming force. As a sweet bonus I and my then-girlfriend, the sculptor Andrea...

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“Please don’t sink into this woeful nonsense about not having time to read…The real culprit here is almost never your schedule. It is your boredom—your boredom with the books you think you are supposed to read. Find a book you want, a book that gives you real trembling excitement, a book that is hot in your hands, and you’ll have time galore.”

 

—Stephen Koch

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