For the Honor of Our Fatherland: German Jews on the Eastern Front during the Great War

Author:   Tracey Hayes Norrell
Publisher:   Lexington Books
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9781498564892


Pages:   208
Publication Date:   15 October 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Tracey Hayes Norrell
Publisher:   Lexington Books
Imprint:   Lexington Books
ISBN:  

9781498564892


ISBN 10:   1498564895
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   15 October 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Best Place for Jews Chapter 1: The Ninth of Av, 5674 Chapter 2: A Tiny Candle at the Holy Ark Chapter 3: In Germany's Powerful Fist Chapter 4: Go and Count Them Chapter 5: The Blood at Jacob's Tent Chapter 6: An Ignominious Collapse of All Moral Foundations Chapter 7: The Battle of All Against All Chapter 8: The Motherless People of the Street Chapter 9: Two Kinds of Nations

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In examining the experiences of German Jews who served in the German Army in the east during the Great War, Norrell (geography, Tennessee) has tapped a hitherto unexamined set of sources, the correspondence of the Feldrabbiner (army rabbis). Such sources, along with the published works of notable German Jewish intellectuals of the period (Arnold Zweig, Martin Buber, Leo Baeck), help inform Norrell's important survey of this neglected topic. The Eastern Campaign brought many German Jewish soldiers, Feldrabbiner, and Jews who worked in the Ober Ost administration into contact with eastern European, primarily Polish, Jews. The author documents the German Jews' reactions and responses to these encounters and notes the efforts of some rabbis to go beyond serving Jewish soldiers and caring for their eastern Jewish brethren. Like other Germans who were part of the Eastern Campaign, German Jews held prejudices of superiority over eastern European Jews and gentiles. Many of their preconceptions were undermined in the process, and some German Jews wrote of a spiritual renewal. Descriptions of this encounter are a major strength of Norrell's narrative and could have been explored further in an otherwise concisely written, accessible introduction to this important topic. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries. * CHOICE *


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Tracey Hayes Norrell is professor of geography at the University of Tennessee.

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