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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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Forgetting: Nazism, Front Fighters and Destruction, 1929–45

Forgetting: Nazism, Front Fighters and Destruction, 1929–45

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(p.122) 4 Forgetting: Nazism, Front Fighters and Destruction, 1929–45
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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/UPO9781846316746.005

This chapter focuses on the resurgence of commemorative activity during the last years of the Weimar Republic. Right-wing veterans' associations developed narratives of World War I that mirrored the republic's social, economic, and political breakdown. When the National Socialists rose to power in 1933, Jewish interest in the remembrance process seemed to totally disappear, although public recognition of the Jewish war effort persisted. Indeed, the persistence of older conservative narratives of sacrifice allowed Jews to maintain some presence in the wider memory culture throughout the 1930s. At the same time, it gave some German Jews a false belief that their military service would assure them of a place in the new Nazi state. The rise of National Socialism only complicated the public memory of Germany's Jewish soldiers who died during the war.

Keywords:   Weimar Republic, remembrance, Germany, German Jews, World War I, National Socialists, National Socialism, public memory, Jewish soldiers

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