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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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Commemorating: War Veterans, Ritual and Remembrance, 1923–29

Commemorating: War Veterans, Ritual and Remembrance, 1923–29

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The German-Jewish Soldiers of the First World War in History and Memory
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In 1924, the German government under the Weimar Republic launched a series of initiatives in memory of those who died during World War I, including an official Day of National Mourning (Volkstrauertag) and plans for a national war memorial. These initiatives were designed to unite the German people behind the republic, but failed to generate support among the a wide section of the population. More extreme groups, especially war veterans' associations on the political right, began to offer their own narratives that limited the ability of German Jews to participate directly in the remembrance of Germany's war dead. This chapter examines the commemorative rituals introduced by the Weimar state in the mid-to-late 1920s as well as the more exclusive set of narratives developed by war veterans' associations, first discussing the politics of remembrance during the period before turning to local memory cultures. It also considers the Tannenberg memorial and its implications for German Jews.

Keywords:   German Jews, Weimar Republic, World War I, war veterans' associations, politics of remembrance, commemorative rituals, Tannenberg memorial, local memory cultures, Germany

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