Hitler?s Jewish Soldiers
(Bryan Mark Rigg)
The book sheds a new light on the history of Germany. It helps to understand that, the history of the III Reich cannot be interpreted as black and white only. Not everyone, with the swastika on the uniform, was a Nazi in the present meaning of this word. Not everyone, whose roots were Jewish, was a victim of the concentration camps. Not every officer was an implacable anti-Semite. The book reveals that about 150 thousand of Wehrmacht military men were classified as Jews or "partial-Jews" (Mischlinge). The evidence shows that amongst them were officers, generals and even admirals. As the majority of those men didn?t even consider themselves as Jewish they happily enlisted the army and were devoted servants of the German nation. Before Hitler came to power, the case of recruit?s ?race affiliations? didn?t matter ? after that however the approach changed and the ancestry of the soldiers was to be deeply analyzed. The investigations which determined the removal of the Mischlinges were warped by an inconsistent application of the Nazi laws. A numerous exemptions were allowed and the soldiers were permitted to stay in the army, or their families were protected from the imprisonment or even worst fate. (Many of those exemptions bear the signature of Hitler himself).