Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military

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 difficult than he d anticipated As Bryan Rigg showsOn 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 difficult than he d anticipated As Bryan Rigg shows in this provocative new study, nowhere was that heinous process 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 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.
Hitler s Jewish Soldiers The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military 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 assimila

  • Title: Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military
  • Author: Bryan Mark Rigg Theodore A. Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780700613588
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military”

    1. This is a fascinating treatise about Jewish men who fought in Hitler's military. The background of each one of them was researched fully and the reason they were accepted and allowed to serve the Fuhrer is explained in detail. This is a little known part of the history of the third Reich that would interest anyone interested in WWII and the Holocaust.

    2. est thing I have read in awhile. Author Bryan Mark Riggs was in his late twenties when he wrote this a couple of years ago. He is a (Reform?) Jew. At that point he had already earned a PhD at Cambridge, served as a volunteer in the Israeli Army and US Marines, and was teaching at SMU. This book grew out of his (undergraduate!) thesis at Yale. He found and interviewed a huge number of "Mischlinge" -- half or quarter-Jews who served in the Nazi military during WWII, sometimes with as high a rank a [...]

    3. Please give me a helpful vote at amazon/review/RPKDI6HIHitler’s Jewish SoldiersBy Bryan Mark Rigg.This is an extremely well-done book. We can clearly see how this book might be dynamite. The risk of this book is that this very important unearthing of a part of the Holocaust that normally doesn’t get discussed will be seized by the fever-swamp to imply that the Jews were, somehow, responsible for their own predicament. Riggs avoids this by extensive scholarship, academic objectivity and show [...]

    4. I bought this book after visiting the Holocoust museum in DC. Until then, I didn't know (and wouldn't have thought) there were Jewish soldiers in the Nazi Army. This was an eye-opening book, which I am glad to have read.

    5. This was a very interesting book about a neglected and possibly often misunderstood if not outright denied topic:Soldiers of Jewish descent in the German armed forces of World War II.It is a fact that they existed and despite on how you define a “Jew” this could lead to pretty different numbers. You see some call a person with any Jewish ancestry a Jew, others, primarily orthodox Jews, state that it is only via the mother line or conversion and also that anyone of Jewish descent who served i [...]

    6. Interesting book of a hard to understand book of why would someone would collarborate with such an evil regime.

    7. This book was a young man's dissertation. It was dry, filled with facts, but the premise was very interesting. The common occurrences of intermarriages in German society created huge numbers of people with "Jewish Blood." The book describes the part-Jewish men who served in the army, the myriad of regulations imposed to deal with their enlistment and promotions and the exceptions to the rules. The book read much like a dissertation, but the topic was very interesting.

    8. Finished reading this in one day it was so interesting. A topic rarely discussed. Many 1/4 Jewish German soldiers were allowed to keep fighting for Germany while their grandparents were sent to death camps. Others had to prove their worth to be allowed to continue to serve their "country" or be sent to a concentration camp. It has to be read to be believed.

    9. A book about a study, and inspired by the plot of Europa, Europa. Also, half Jew discusses half Jews! A bit scattered, I wasn't sure what Rigg was driving at. Still, the topic is really fascinating, and I was surprised at how widespread this particular phenomenon was.

    10. The book starts explaining what is to be jew and the History of the jews. Then we face what happened in Germany before the rise of NSDAP and during the war through the experiences of Nazi Jewish soldiers. They joined even the Waffen SS.

    11. There is a simple comment about this book and review. If you don't read this book you are missing a whole different angle. If you don't read this book you can't be on my listis book goes to my recommendations file.

    12. Really interesting book about men of partial Jewish descent serving amongst the Nazis in World War II. This book further proves the great complexity of WWII.

    13. What I am learning from this book is that Jewish ancestry has be defined and redefined according to Halakic, Rabbinate and Nazism ideology.

    14. Fascinating info. Very interesting to see in-depth view & broad spectrum of Germany's people across the board (regarding mixed Jewish heritage)

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