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Hitler's Jewish Soldiers

The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military

Bryan Mark Rigg

May 2002
528 pages, 95 photographs, 6 x 9
Modern War Studies
Cloth ISBN 978-0-7006-1178-2, $29.95

Image of Military Service Book
Military service book of "half-Jew" Hermann Aub
 
Picture of a line of soldiers
Soldiers taking the oath of allegiance to Hitler

 Picture of Horst Geitner

"Half-Jew" Horst Geitner was awarded both the Iron Cross Second Class and the Silver Wound Badge.

 Picture of Werner Goldberg

This photo of "half-Jew" Werner Goldberg, who was blond and blue-eyed, was used by a Nazi propaganda newspaper for its title page. Its caption: "The Ideal German Soldier."


Picture of Commander Paul Ascher

"Half-Jew" Commander Paul Ascher, Admiral Lütjens's first staff officer on the battleship Bismarck; Ascher received Hitler's Deutschblütigkeitserklärung. (Military awards: EKI, EKII, and War Service Cross Second Class.)


Picture of Admiral Bernhard Rogge

"Quarter-Jew" Admiral Bernhard Rogge wearing the Ritterkreuz; he received Hitler's Deutschblütigkeitserklärung. (Military awards: oak leaves to Ritterkreuz, Ritterkreuz, samurai sword from the emperor of Japan, EKI, and EKII.)

 Picture of Johannes Zukertort

"Half-Jew" Johannes Zukertort (last rank general) received Hitler's Deutschblütigkeitserklärung.


Picture of Colonel Walter H. Hallaender

"Half-Jew" Colonel Walter H. Hollaender, decorated with the Ritterkreuz and German-Cross in Gold; he received Hitler's  Deutschblütigkeitserklärung. (Military awards: Ritterkreuz, German-Cross in Gold, EKI, EKII, and Close Combat Badge.)


Picture of Luftwaffe General Helmut Wilberg
"Half-Jew" and later Luftwaffe General Helmut Wilberg; Hitler declared him Aryan in 1935. (Military awards: Hohenzollern's Knight's Cross with Swords, EKI, EKII.)

Picture of Fielf-Marshal Erhard Milch
"Half-Jew" and field-marshal Erhard Milch (left) with General Wolfram von Richthofen. Hitler declared Milch Aryan. He was awarded the Ritterkreuz for his performance during the campaign in Norway in 1940.

Picture of General Gotthard Heinrici
General Gotthard Heinrici, who was married to a "half-Jew," meeting Hitler in 1937.

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