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

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316609

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316746

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Dying: War, Mutilation and Mass Death, 1914–18

Dying: War, Mutilation and Mass Death, 1914–18

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The German-Jewish Soldiers of the First World War in History and Memory
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316746.002

This chapter examines the war experience of German Jews during World War I and shows that wartime relations were shaped not only by anti-Semitism, but also by the horror of mass death, injury, and mutilation. Jews and other Germans tried to overcome their losses by mourning the war dead collectively and by establishing shared modes of remembrance. In many ways, the war did not cause a division between Jews and non-Jewish Germans, but rather drew some members of German society closer together. The chapter also looks at Germany's ‘civil truce’, and the scepticism of both the League against Anti-Semitism and the Federation of German Jews towards it.

Keywords:   Germany, war experience, German Jews, World War I, anti-Semitism, mass death, injury, mutilation, civil truce, remembrance

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