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A Deadly Legacy

German Jews and the Great War

Tim Grady



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Yale University
22 August 2017
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2018 This book is the first to offer a full account of the varied contributions of German Jews to Imperial Germany's endeavors during the Great War. Historian Tim Grady examines the efforts of the 100,000 Jewish soldiers who served in the German military (12,000 of whom died), as well as the various activities Jewish communities supported at home, such as raising funds for the war effort and securing vital food supplies. However, Grady's research goes much deeper: he shows that German Jews were never at the periphery of Germany's warfare, but were in fact heavily involved.

The author finds that many German Jews were committed to the same brutal and destructive war that other Germans endorsed, and he discusses how the conflict was in many ways lived by both groups alike. What none could have foreseen was the dangerous legacy they created together, a legacy that enabled Hitler's rise to power and planted the seeds of the Holocaust to come.
By:   Tim Grady
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 164mm,  Spine: 31mm
Weight:   692g
ISBN:   9780300192049
ISBN 10:   0300192045
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   22 August 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tim Grady is reader in modern history, University of Chester, and author of The German Jewish Soldiers of the First World War in History and Memory. He lives in Merseyside, UK.

Reviews for A Deadly Legacy: German Jews and the Great War

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE The first book to explore the active participation of Jews in Germany during WWI. . . A grimly ironic history. -Military History Monthly With a deft pen, Grady weaves vast erudition into an engaging narrative of German Jews and the First World War. He compellingly argues that the Great War brought to a head the simultaneous inclusion and marginalization that characterized the history of German Jewry and its tragic end. -Paul Mendes-Flohr, author of German Jews A superb book. Grady brilliantly describes the diversity of Jewish experience, the dilemmas with which they were faced and the delusions to which many succumbed. Above all, it underlines what a disastrous turning point the First World War ultimately was for Germany's Jews. -Neil Gregor, author of Haunted City: Nuremberg and the Nazi Past This powerful new book brings to life the diversity and range of German-Jewish experiences of the First World War. Grady is particularly good at identifying the connections between Jews and other Germans, and the inter-twined nature of their responses to the war's many personal and political challenges. -Matthew Stibbe, author of Germany, 1914-1933 Seen from the other side of World War Two, Jewish support for the German national cause in World War One appears troubling and naive. In an account that will unsettle deterministic perspectives on the Holocaust, Tim Grady restores the logic and integrity of Jewish identification with the politics of German imperialism. A valuable and lively book. -Deborah Hertz, author of How Jews Became Germans

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