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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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Mourning: Defeat, Revolution and Memorialisation, 1918–23

Mourning: Defeat, Revolution and Memorialisation, 1918–23

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The German-Jewish Soldiers of the First World War in History and Memory
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World War I officially ended on November 11, 1918, when Germany and the Allies signed an armistice treaty. In the days before the armistice, widespread discontent drove both civilians and the military in Germany to stage street protests that culminated in a revolution. Despite the end of the war, German Jews continued to suffer while being blamed by many Germans for the defeat and the revolution. This chapter challenges conventional wisdom concerning the relations between Jews and non-Jews by revisiting the notion that World War I gave rise to a separate and inward-turning Jewish public sphere. It explores how mourning practices that emerged during the war led to a more permanent commemorative process during the early post-war years. This early remembrance activity involved almost all sections of German society and resulted in the proliferation of war memorials.

Keywords:   World War I, Germany, German Jews, revolution, mourning, remembrance, war memorials, public sphere, non-Jews

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