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Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military

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On the murderous road to "racial purity" Hitler encountered unexpected detours, largely due to his own crazed views and inconsistent policies regarding Jewish identity. After centuries of Jewish assimilation and intermarriage in German society, he discovered that eliminating Jews from the rest of the population was more difficult than he'd anticipated. As Bryan Rigg shows ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published May 6th 2004 by University Press of Kansas (first published May 1st 2002)
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Alice
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating treatise about Jewish men who fought in Hitler's military. The background of each one of them was researched fully and the reason they were accepted and allowed to serve the Fuhrer is explained in detail. This is a little known part of the history of the third Reich that would interest anyone interested in WWII and the Holocaust.
Ray
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
est thing I have read in awhile.

Author Bryan Mark Riggs was in his late twenties when he wrote this a couple of years ago. He is a (Reform?) Jew. At that point he had already earned a PhD at Cambridge, served as a volunteer in the Israeli Army and US Marines, and was teaching at SMU. This book grew out of his (undergraduate!) thesis at Yale. He found and interviewed a huge number of "Mischlinge" -- half or quarter-Jews who served in the Nazi military during WWII, sometimes with as high a rank a
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Peter Bradley
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Please give me a helpful vote at http://www.amazon.com/review/RPKDI6HI...

Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers
By Bryan Mark Rigg.

This is an extremely well-done book.

We can clearly see how this book might be dynamite. The risk of this book is that this very important unearthing of a part of the Holocaust that normally doesn’t get discussed will be seized by the fever-swamp to imply that the Jews were, somehow, responsible for their own predicament. Riggs avoids this by extensive scholarship, academic objecti
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Tano
Mar 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
I bought this book after visiting the Holocoust museum in DC. Until then, I didn't know (and wouldn't have thought) there were Jewish soldiers in the Nazi Army. This was an eye-opening book, which I am glad to have read.
Andre
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book about a neglected and possibly often misunderstood if not outright denied topic:
Soldiers of Jewish descent in the German armed forces of World War II.
It is a fact that they existed and despite on how you define a “Jew” this could lead to pretty different numbers. You see some call a person with any Jewish ancestry a Jew, others, primarily orthodox Jews, state that it is only via the mother line or conversion and also that anyone of Jewish descent who served in th
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daniel dirnfeld
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting book of a hard to understand book of why would someone would collarborate with such an evil regime.
Becky
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was a young man's dissertation. It was dry, filled with facts, but the premise was very interesting. The common occurrences of intermarriages in German society created huge numbers of people with "Jewish Blood." The book describes the part-Jewish men who served in the army, the myriad of regulations imposed to deal with their enlistment and promotions and the exceptions to the rules. The book read much like a dissertation, but the topic was very interesting.
Derek Richey
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Finished reading this in one day it was so interesting. A topic rarely discussed. Many 1/4 Jewish German soldiers were allowed to keep fighting for Germany while their grandparents were sent to death camps. Others had to prove their worth to be allowed to continue to serve their "country" or be sent to a concentration camp. It has to be read to be believed.
Rturtle
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
A book about a study, and inspired by the plot of Europa, Europa. Also, half Jew discusses half Jews! A bit scattered, I wasn't sure what Rigg was driving at. Still, the topic is really fascinating, and I was surprised at how widespread this particular phenomenon was.
Carlos Maximus
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
The book starts explaining what is to be jew and the History of the jews. Then we face what happened in Germany before the rise of NSDAP and during the war through the experiences of Nazi Jewish soldiers. They joined even the Waffen SS.
Csrabb
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There is a simple comment about this book and review. If you don't read this book you are missing a whole different angle. If you don't read this book you can't be on my list.this book goes to my recommendations file.
Shannon
Dec 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Really interesting book about men of partial Jewish descent serving amongst the Nazis in World War II. This book further proves the great complexity of WWII.
La-Shanda
Jun 18, 2008 rated it liked it
What I am learning from this book is that Jewish ancestry has be defined and redefined according to Halakic, Rabbinate and Nazism ideology.
Steven Hershman
Oustanding book. There are videos on You tube that give a condesed version of the book.
Matty
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ww2
Fascinating info. Very interesting to see in-depth view & broad spectrum of Germany's people across the board (regarding mixed Jewish heritage)
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Bryan Mark Rigg teaches history at American Military University and Southern Methodist University. Dr. Rigg's work has been featured in the New York Times and on programs including NBC Dateline and Fox News. Dr. Rigg has served as a volunteer in the Israeli Army and as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

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