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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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(p.221) Conclusion
The German-Jewish Soldiers of the First World War in History and Memory
Liverpool University Press

This book has examined the important role played by German Jews in the wider commemoration and remembrance of the Jewish soldiers killed during World War I, and has shown that Jews often remembered the war dead together with other Germans, a testament to the greater inclusion of many Jews in twentieth-century German society than commonly assumed. Even the National Socialists' rise to power failed to marginalise them from the wider remembrance of the war. Increased anti-Semitism began to change Jewish/non-Jewish relations only in the mid-to-late 1920s, when the first wave of memorialisation came to an end and war veterans' associations replaced the small communities of mourning that had been formed during the war years. The membership of these ex-servicemen's organisations were typically based on post-war politics, rather than on pre-war relations, resulting in a more disjointed, but also more aggressive, form of remembrance that undermined the position of Jews in Germany's memory culture.

Keywords:   German Jews, remembrance, commemoration, Germany, World War I, anti-Semitism, war veterans' associations, memory culture, Jewish soldiers

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