Document Type

Article

Creation Date

Spring 3-1-2014

Abstract

This paper examines asks why Jewish war veterans initially underestimated the Nazi threat, and why many believed as late as 1938 that they would be safe under the Hitler regime. It examines how the “front experience” in World War I empowered Jews to combat anti-Jewish discrimination after the war, and engendered a widely shared conviction that their status as war veterans could overcome antisemitism.

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