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Lives of Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: Untold Tales of Men of Jewish Descent Who Fought for the Third Reich

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They were foot soldiers and officers. They served in the regular army and the Waffen-SS. And, remarkably, they were also Jewish, at least as defined by Hitler's infamous race laws.

Pursuing the thread he first unraveled in Hitler's Jewish Soldiers, Bryan Rigg takes a closer look at the experiences of Wehrmacht soldiers who were classified as Jewish. In this long-awaited co
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Hardcover, 328 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by University Press of Kansas (first published 2007)
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Glen
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
"Lives of Hitler's Jewish Soldiers" provides rare insight into the lives and psyches of the men of mixed Jewish-German ancestry who fought under the banner of the Swastika. It focuses primarily on the personal lives and the views of these men, their concept of Jewishness, their knowledge of the Holocaust, and how they tried to reconcile having served a regime that murdered their families. It is a collection of complex feelings about identity and internal moral and spiritual conflict.

Although no
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Sarah Gatewood
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Just finished this book. I have done extensive reading on The Holocaust and even I didn't know about Jewish Mischlinge serving during World War II. I was really amazed at the details the author was able to discover about these men even those that weren't alive anymore. I was impressed with the amount of men that were willing to talk about their history. The Mischlinge are definitely a minority and their stories are those we have not heard of. It was very sad reading how many of the men were stil ...more
Zhelana
May 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is told as a series of interviews with different men. The vast majority of them (all but one in two chapters that I read) do not consider themselves Jewish at all, and were surprised by the announcement by the regime that they were considered Jews. It's hard to answer the question of what could make you fight for someone doing that to your people when you don't consider them your people at all. Also, the author tries to muddy the waters between perpetrator and victim in this book, but ...more
Max Dynerman
Really interesting subject matter, but remarkably poorly written. If the subject interests you, the book is certainly worth the read and explores a unique facet of the Reich. But the amateurish writing style and accompanying grammatical mistakes, as well as the author's unwelcome and shallow opinions distract the reader constantly. ...more
Michael Lewyn
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you have read the first 100 pages of this book, you have received about 90 percent of the content. However, I found that content to be fascinating. Rigg tells the stories of numerous people who were at least partially of Jewish descent and yet fought in Hitler's militaries.

The most unusual stories are those of a couple of full-blooded Jews who, by forging documents, were able to avoid Nazi persecution by joining the military (and in one case, the Waffen-SS, many of whom fought as ordinary sol
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Doehmke
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Compelling personal stories that provide a lens into the complexity of competing loyalties for Jewish soldiers in the Third Reich, based on upbringing, historical family and social values, personal relationships and aspirations in a world without 24x7x365 social and commercial media coverage.
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A must read for history buffs, especially an informative addition to holocaust materials.
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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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