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Author: Bryan Mark Rigg
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Title: Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military (Modern War Studies)
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Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas; New edition edition (May 6, 2002)
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Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military (Modern War Studies) by Bryan Mark Rigg



After centuries of Jewish assimilation and intermarriage in German society. I firmly believe that his in-depth treatment of the subject of German soldiers of Jewish descent in the Wehrmacht will lead to new perspectives on this portion of 20th century German military history. -Helmut Schmidt, Former Chancellor of Germany. Rigg tells some exquisitely poignant stories of individual human experiences that complicate our picture of state and society in the Third Reich

Support UPK. Hitler's Jewish Soldiers. On the murderous road to "racial purity" Hitler encountered unexpected detours, largely due to his own crazed views and inconsistent policies regarding Jewish identity. After centuries of Jewish assimilation and intermarriage in German society, he discovered that eliminating Jews from the rest of the population was more difficult than he'd anticipated. As Bryan Rigg shows in this provocative new study, nowhere was that heinous process more fraught with contradiction and confusion than in the German military.

Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers. Posted to this site on 7/25/2002}. Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military by Bryan Mark Rigg With permission by Bryan Mark Rigg. Rigg tells some exquisitely poignant stories of Individual human experiences that complicate our picture of state and society in the Third Reich. NATHAN A. STOLTZFUS, author of Resistance of the Heart: Intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse Protest in Nazi Germany. By helping us better understand Nazi racial policy at the margins-i. its impact on certain members of the German military-Rigg’s study clarifies the central problems of Nazi Jewish policies overall.

Rigg, Bryan Mark, 1971-. Publication, Distribution, et. Lawrence, Ka. .University Press of Kansas, (c)2002. Physical Description: xxi, 433 p. : ill. ;, 24 cm. Title: Modern war studies. Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 383-404) and index. Geographic Name: Germany History, Military 20th century. Location: NBuC BSCMN, AYBM DS135.

Hitler's Jewish Soldiers book. The idea of Jewish Nazi Party members can cause an even more severe moment of cognitive dissonance, but this underscores a major subtext of the book; being a Jew didn’t mean to the Third Reich what it means to us. I suspect that most people thought of Jews as those guys – religiously and culturally Jewish, not one of us an assimilated Christian. Many of the Jews had had no contact with Judaism for generations; they were Protestant or Christian for generations, and they might never have known that Grandma Sophie had converted when she got married in 1872.

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3 Assimilation and the Jewish Experience in the German Armed Forces, Photo Gallery, 4 Racial Policy and the Nuremberg Laws, 1933-1939, 5 The Policy toward Mischlinge Tightens, 1940-1943, 6 Turning Point and Forced Labor, 1943-1944, Photo Gallery 7 Exemptions from the Racial Laws Granted by Hitler, 8 The Process of Obtaining an Exemption, Photo Gallery, 9 What Did Mischlinge Know. As Bryan Rigg shows in this provocative new study, nowhere was the heinous process of racial cleansing more fraught with contradiction and confusion than in the German military. The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military. Reuters) - As many as 150,000 men of Jewish descent served in the German military under Adolf Hitler, some with the Nazi leader’s explicit consent, according to a . historian who has interviewed hundreds of former soldiers. Bryan Mark Rigg, history professor at the American Military University in Virginia, told Reuters on Thursday that the issue of soldiers of partial Jewish descent was long a somewhat taboo subject, overlooked by most academics as it threw up thorny questions. Not everybody who wore a uniform was a Nazi and not every person of Jewish descent was persecuted, he said

Modern War Studies (2009). Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military. Working in newly opened archives and reexamining old evidence, historian Bryan Mark Rigg turns up a surprising wrinkle in the history of Nazi Germany: the presence of part-Jewish soldiers not only in the ranks but also in the upper echelons of the German military. One such soldier recalled, "I served because I wanted to prove Hitler's racial nonsense wrong. I wanted to prove that people of Jewish descent were indeed brave and courageous soldiers.

On the murderous road to "racial purity" Hitler encountered unexpected detours, largely due to his own crazed views and inconsistent policies regarding Jewish identity. After centuries of Jewish assimilation and intermarriage in German society, he discovered that eliminating Jews from the rest of the population was more difficult than he'd anticipated. As Bryan Rigg shows in this provocative new study, nowhere was that heinous process more fraught with contradiction and confusion than in the German military.Contrary to conventional views, Rigg reveals that a startlingly large number of German military men were classified by the Nazis as Jews or "partial-Jews" (Mischlinge), in the wake of racial laws first enacted in the mid-1930s. Rigg demonstrates that the actual number was much higher than previously thought-perhaps as many as 150,000 men, including decorated veterans and high-ranking officers, even generals and admirals.As Rigg fully documents for the first time, a great many of these men did not even consider themselves Jewish and had embraced the military as a way of life and as devoted patriots eager to serve a revived German nation. In turn, they had been embraced by the Wehrmacht, which prior to Hitler had given little thought to the "race" of these men but which was now forced to look deeply into the ancestry of its soldiers.The process of investigation and removal, however, was marred by a highly inconsistent application of Nazi law. Numerous "exemptions" were made in order to allow a soldier to stay within the ranks or to spare a soldier's parent, spouse, or other relative from incarceration or far worse. (Hitler's own signature can be found on many of these "exemption" orders.) But as the war dragged on, Nazi politics came to trump military logic, even in the face of the Wehrmacht's growing manpower needs, closing legal loopholes and making it virtually impossible for these soldiers to escape the fate of millions of other victims of the Third Reich.Based on a deep and wide-ranging research in archival and secondary sources, as well as extensive interviews with more than four hundred Mischlinge and their relatives, Rigg's study breaks truly new ground in a crowded field and shows from yet another angle the extremely flawed, dishonest, demeaning, and tragic essence of Hitler's rule.
Reviews: 7
Maucage
This book was a real eye-opener, no pun intended. It was a revelation for me. There is so much we don't know about the rise and fall of the Third Reich that it will take a century to catch up. It appears that history is best viewed from the distance of time. I see a parallel with today's events: those who mean well are easily drawn into concepts and ideals that appear to be "for the greater good," yet are truly not. Those who served the Reich, so many unwillingly but without a viable alternative, often did so without comprehending the true aims of the Party. Just as we live in complex times today, and the nominal "war on terror" is far more than the common person knows, so it was also in the period of 1933-1945 and beyond. There was much more to the Nazi agenda than anti-communism and antisemitism, and it will take a long time and much scholarship to sort these matters out. This book, like others on the period, keep bringing me back to the present because of the comparable circumstances.
Hawk Flying
This is a scholarly, well researched book on a little known aspect of World War II: Germans with Jewish blood (Mischling) who fought for Hitler's Third Reich. The author conducted numerous interviews that allow the reader to get into the mindsets of people who were caught in the nexus between religion and nationality in a country where the two didn't mix if the religion was Judaism. Whatever their motives, whether it was an attempt to protect family members, or because they were loyal Germans above all, the Mischling had to submit paperwork to request their Aryan status and it could only be granted with the personal approval of Hitler himself, even in the final days of the war as the Third Reich was crumbling. Bryan Mark Rigg has written a book that is detailed, fascinating, highly readable, and will likely remain the definitive work on the subject.
Blackworm
The title is mildly deceptive, in that even part-blooded Jews were allowed to fight.
Malodor
Who would have thought?
Many soldiers serving in the Wermacht during World War II were Jewish--or at least part Jewish.
This extremely valuable and well researched book, which I read in a day because I could not put it down, details what happens to some of these men.
Many of them went to great lengths to stay in the Wermacht believing it would protect their families. It often did not.
Many went to great lenghts to obtain a certificate naming them as an Aryan. Hitler actually reviewed almost all these requests. Applicants had to submit detailed photographs. No one who "looked Jewish" need apply.
Despite their desire to serve, many half Jews (with one Jewish parent) were discharged from the Wermacht. After all, to Hitler and his Nazi fanatics, being a "pure Aryan" was more important than winning the war. Those with only one Jewish grandparent were often allowed to stay in the service, but anyone with Jewish roots often found promotion impossible.
Did you know former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt was 1/4 Jewish?
Anyone interested in German Jewish history and/or the Nazi era will find this book absolutely fascinating.
Arashitilar
A companion to Lives of Hitler's Jewish Soldiers, very well-written and researched. Goes into more details,
gives more needed insight into an interesting topic of WWII.
Goktilar
Thank you for book A+A+A+!!!!!
OCARO
It was no secret that thousands of Jews were in the German/Nazi military, some of them achieving high ranks. In the book there are several photos in which the uniform does not match the description of the individual. It is puzzling that Simon Wiesenthal has not commented on this book, whereas he did get involved in many less significant issues pertaining to any negative image of Jews. This book has been translated in several Eastern European languages and is being avidly read. What is incomprehensible, is that many of these "Hitler's Jewish Soldiers", knew the atrocities of Nazi concentration camps, and the fate of German Jews, and still served Hitler with honor, under that guise that they were not serving Hitler, they were serving Germany. Mark Rigg actually "stumbled" on the subject covered in his book, kudos!
Easy to read and very interesting.