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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)

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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 Mark 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.

Review:

"Through videotaped interviews, painstaking attention to personnel files, and banal documents not normally consulted by historians, and spurred by a keen sense of personal mission, Rigg has turned up an unexplored and confounding chapter in the history of the Holocaust. The extent of his findings has surprised scholars." Warren Hoge, New York Times

Review:

"The revelation that Germans of Jewish blood, knowing the Nazi regime for what it was, served Hitler as uniformed members of his armed forces must come as a profound shock. It will surprise even professional historians of the Nazi years." John Keegan, author of The Face of Battle and The Second World War

Review:

"Startling and unexpected, Rigg's study conclusively demonstrates the degree of flexibility in German policy toward the Mischlinge, the extent of Hitler's involvement, and, most importantly, that not all who served in the armed forces were anti-Semitic, even as their service aided the killing process." Michael Berenbaum, author of The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust

Review:

"Rigg's extensive knowledge and the preliminary conclusions drawn from his research impressed me greatly. 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

Review:

"An impressively researched work with important implications for hotly debated questions. 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, Florida State University, author of Resistance of the Heart: Intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse Protest in Nazi Germany

Review:

"An impressive work filled with interesting stories?By helping us better understand Nazi racial policy at the margins--i.e., its impact on certain members of the German military — Rigg's study clarifies the central problems of Nazi Jewish policies overall." Norman Naimark, Stanford University, author of Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe

Review:

"An illuminating and provocative study that merits a wide readership and is sure to be much discussed." Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado College, author of Tannenberg: Clash of Empires

Review:

"An outstanding job of research and analysis. Rigg's book will add a great deal to our understanding of the German military, of the place of Jews and people of Jewish descent in the Nazi state, and of the Holocaust. It forces us to deal with the full, complex range of possible actions and reactions by individuals caught up in the Nazi system." Geoffrey P. Megargee, author of Inside Hitler's High Command

Review:

"With the skill of a master detective, Bryan Rigg reveals the surprising and largely unknown story of Germans of Jewish origins in the Nazi military. His work contributes to our understanding of the complexity of faith and identity in the Third Reich." Paula E. Hyman, Yale University, author of Gender and Assimilation in Modern Jewish History and The Jews of Modern France

Review:

"A major piece of scholarship which traces the peculiar twists and turns of Nazi racial policy toward men in the Wehrmacht, often in the highest ranks, who had partly Jewish backgrounds. Rigg has uncovered personal stories and private archives which literally nobody knew existed. His book will be an important contribution to German history." Jonathan Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania, author of All or Nothing: The Axis and the Holocaust 1941-1943

Review:

"An original, groundbreaking, and significant contribution to the history of the Wehrmacht and Nazi Germany." James S. Corum, School of Advanced Air Power Studies, author of The Roots of Blitzkrieg and The Luftwaffe

Review:

"Rigg's work has discovered new academic territory." Manfred Messerschmidt, Freiburg University, author of Die Wehrmacht im NS-Staat (The Wehrmacht in the Nazi State)

Review:

"Rigg's bracing and unintimidated study lays bare the contradiction, confusion and expedience that governed Mischlinge policy and the maiming cost to those whose lives were burdened by anxiety, guilt and collusion. In the end we must be grateful for his book, a penetrating light cast on some of the murkier corners of the human psyche." Michael Skakun, Aufbau

Review:

"Rigg has opened brand new territory for historians and students of war, offering new insight into the Nazi mentality on race." World War II Magazine

Review:

"Rigg has done a very significant piece of historical research and writing." Milt Rosenberg, WGN Radio, Chicago

Review:

"A brilliant and extremely disturbing work of masterful historical research. A must read for everyone. It raises more moral dilemmas than one can answer." Steve Pieczenik, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and co-creator of the best selling novels and TV series OP-Center and Net Force

Synopsis:

On the murderous road to "racial purity, " Hitler encountered unexpected detours. As Rigg shows in this provocative new study, a startlingly large number of German military men were classified by the Nazis as Jews or "partial-Jews" (Mischlinge). 95 photos.

About the Author

Bryan Mark Rigg received his B.A. with honors in history from Yale University in 1996. Yale awarded him the Henry Fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge University, where he received his M.A. in 1997 and Ph.D. in 2002. Currently Professor of History at American Military University, he has served as a volunteer in the Israeli Army and as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. His research for this book has been featured in theNew York Times, Los Angeles Times, and London Daily Telegraph.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

List of SS and Wehrmacht Ranks

Introduction

1. Who Is a Jew?

Photo Gallery

2. Who Is a Mischling?

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 Mishchlinge 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 about the Holocaust?

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700611782
Author:
Rigg, Bryan Mark
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Location:
Lawrence
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
National socialism
Subject:
Jewish soldiers.
Subject:
Children of interfaith marriage.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Jewish.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern War Studies (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
GTR-182
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
460
Dimensions:
9.36x6.24x1.46 in. 1.97 lbs.

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Product details 460 pages University Press of Kansas - English 9780700611782 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Through videotaped interviews, painstaking attention to personnel files, and banal documents not normally consulted by historians, and spurred by a keen sense of personal mission, Rigg has turned up an unexplored and confounding chapter in the history of the Holocaust. The extent of his findings has surprised scholars."
"Review" by , "The revelation that Germans of Jewish blood, knowing the Nazi regime for what it was, served Hitler as uniformed members of his armed forces must come as a profound shock. It will surprise even professional historians of the Nazi years."
"Review" by , "Startling and unexpected, Rigg's study conclusively demonstrates the degree of flexibility in German policy toward the Mischlinge, the extent of Hitler's involvement, and, most importantly, that not all who served in the armed forces were anti-Semitic, even as their service aided the killing process."
"Review" by , "Rigg's extensive knowledge and the preliminary conclusions drawn from his research impressed me greatly. 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."
"Review" by , "An impressively researched work with important implications for hotly debated questions. 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, Florida State University, author of Resistance of the Heart: Intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse Protest in Nazi Germany
"Review" by , "An impressive work filled with interesting stories?By helping us better understand Nazi racial policy at the margins--i.e., its impact on certain members of the German military — Rigg's study clarifies the central problems of Nazi Jewish policies overall." Norman Naimark, Stanford University, author of Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe
"Review" by , "An illuminating and provocative study that merits a wide readership and is sure to be much discussed."
"Review" by , "An outstanding job of research and analysis. Rigg's book will add a great deal to our understanding of the German military, of the place of Jews and people of Jewish descent in the Nazi state, and of the Holocaust. It forces us to deal with the full, complex range of possible actions and reactions by individuals caught up in the Nazi system."
"Review" by , "With the skill of a master detective, Bryan Rigg reveals the surprising and largely unknown story of Germans of Jewish origins in the Nazi military. His work contributes to our understanding of the complexity of faith and identity in the Third Reich." Paula E. Hyman, Yale University, author of Gender and Assimilation in Modern Jewish History and The Jews of Modern France
"Review" by , "A major piece of scholarship which traces the peculiar twists and turns of Nazi racial policy toward men in the Wehrmacht, often in the highest ranks, who had partly Jewish backgrounds. Rigg has uncovered personal stories and private archives which literally nobody knew existed. His book will be an important contribution to German history." Jonathan Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania, author of All or Nothing: The Axis and the Holocaust 1941-1943
"Review" by , "An original, groundbreaking, and significant contribution to the history of the Wehrmacht and Nazi Germany." James S. Corum, School of Advanced Air Power Studies, author of The Roots of Blitzkrieg and The Luftwaffe
"Review" by , "Rigg's work has discovered new academic territory." Manfred Messerschmidt, Freiburg University, author of Die Wehrmacht im NS-Staat (The Wehrmacht in the Nazi State)
"Review" by , "Rigg's bracing and unintimidated study lays bare the contradiction, confusion and expedience that governed Mischlinge policy and the maiming cost to those whose lives were burdened by anxiety, guilt and collusion. In the end we must be grateful for his book, a penetrating light cast on some of the murkier corners of the human psyche."
"Review" by , "Rigg has opened brand new territory for historians and students of war, offering new insight into the Nazi mentality on race."
"Review" by , "Rigg has done a very significant piece of historical research and writing."
"Review" by , "A brilliant and extremely disturbing work of masterful historical research. A must read for everyone. It raises more moral dilemmas than one can answer." Steve Pieczenik, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and co-creator of the best selling novels and TV series OP-Center and Net Force
"Synopsis" by , On the murderous road to "racial purity, " Hitler encountered unexpected detours. As Rigg shows in this provocative new study, a startlingly large number of German military men were classified by the Nazis as Jews or "partial-Jews" (Mischlinge). 95 photos.
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