The German-Jewish Soldiers of the First World War in History and Memory

Tim Grady

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ISBN: 9781846316609

Publication: September 13, 2011

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It is worth me stressing the breadth of the book. Temporal scope – It covers four distinct eras of modern Germany: late Imperial Germany and the First World War, the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany and finally divided Germany after 1945. Geographical scope – The book is mainly centred on Germany, but also examines remembrance activity in the German-Jewish refugee communities in Britain, the USA and Israel. Subject matter – Although the book focuses on Germany’s Jewish population, it examines this group within wider German society. Unlike many studies of German Jewry which view German Jews as a distinct section of German history, this book views German Jews as Germans.

Dr Tim Grady is Senior Lecturer in European History, University of Chester and Honorary Fellow, Parkes Institute for Jewish / non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton

List of Abbreviations List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Dying: War, Mutilation and Mass Death, 1914-1918 2. Mourning: Defeat, Revolution and Memorialisation, 1918-1923 3. Commemorating: War Veterans, Ritual and Remembrance, 1923-1929 4. Forgetting: Nazism, Front Fighters and Destruction, 1929-1945 5. Discovering: War Victims, War Crimes and Reconstruction, 1945-1960 6. Embracing: The Growth of Holocaust Awareness and Acknowledgement of the Jewish Soldiers, 1960-1980 Conclusion Bibliography Index

Tim Grady ... has written an important book about the events surrounding this disconcerting incident, which cast a dark shadow on Germany’s Jewish community of 550,000. The German-Jewish Soldiers of the First World War in History and Memory, published by Liverpool University Press, is one of the first books of its kind in English on this topic.
  Sheldon Kirshner

Superb and outstandingly intelligent.
  War in History

Tim Grady has written a compelling book, exceptional both in its interpretations and the importance of its subject matter. His research is a major contribution to our knowledge of both German attitudes towards Jews between World War One and the early years of the Federal Republic, and of Jewish perceptions of their place in German society.

A fine addition to our understanding of German Jewish history in the period of the First World War and in its aftermath, full of clearly written and interesting detail and impressive research.
Jay Winter  
Yale University

Grady’s book deserves praise and should find a wide audience among scholars of the war, of memory, and of the German Jewish experience in the violent twentieth century.
  Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, Volume 50, Number 1

The author provides some stimulating reflections on the public and historical discourse about Jewish soldiers in West Germany after 1945. Grady presents an interesting new perspective on German-Jewish history.
  European History Quarterly, Volume 44, No. 1

This valuable examination of Germany’s complex and evolving culture of memory in the twentieth century is a novel approach to the study of German-Jewish history during the first half of the twentieth century. With its focus on memory and commemoration, the author provides a unique lens into the complex and often conflicting political, social, and cultural responses (between, as well as among, Jewish and non-Jewish German communities) to Jewish emancipation and assimilation since the Enlightenment.
  The English Historical Review, vol 128, no 533

In his study, Grady has provided a commendable contribution to the history of the Jewish war veterans in Germany, in particular during the interwar years. He illustrates the opinions of both non-Jewish Germans towards their Jewish fellow-citizens as well as Jewish interpretations of their own position in contemporary German history.
Klaus-Peter Friedrich   Zeitschrift fur Geschichtswissenschaft, 61 Jahrgan, Heft 4

Grady has done a great deal in this book, done it well, and those interested in Germany’s memory culture owe him their thanks.
  Central European History
University of Oklahoma

Grady’s book presents many illuminating examples and carefully chosen quotations. The six chapters are clearly structured and draw upon a broad base of original source material, including newspapers, personal memoirs, and official documents from communal archives.
Matthias Hambrock   The American Historical Review, vol 117, no 5

An interesting subject, well treated. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General collections, graduate students, and faculty.

This is a thought-provoking book. Many readers will remember their fathers’ participation in the First World War and the medals they earned and wore with pride. Alas, although they had hoped that these medals would protect them once the Nazis came to power, this was not to be. I should add that this book is written entirely with West Germany in mind. In East Germany (the DDR), where culpability for the Nazi crimes was never acknowledged, it would have been a very different story.
Leslie Baruch Brent   Association of Jewish Refugees, Vol. 12, No. 2

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

260 Pages

ISBN: 9781846316609

Publication: September 13, 2011

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