Brian asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 years ago

many german jews served during ww1. what happened to these german soldiers during ww2?

were they treated the same and killed or did they have any better treatment because they fought for there country in another war? and did hitler ever express any views of these jews who fought in ww1?

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  • 8 years ago
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    "did hitler ever express any views of these jews who fought in ww1?"

    "Whereas in accordance with the contents of the "Professional Civil Service law" (Berufsbeamtengesetz) only those were dismissed from their positions who occupied their positions not on account of their professional, qualification, but due to their membership in a political party, all Jewish government civil servants who had been appointed after 1918 were also dismissed. As a rule, a right of pension was maintained. Papen's successful endeavour aimed to limit numerically the effect on the Jewish civil servants, concerned. He had an audience with Hindenburg, who was especially approachable on the idea of protecting war veterans. Through Hindenburg's personal influence on Hitler, Jewish war veterans and dependants of fallen soldiers were then exempted from this law. Since an overwhelming majority of the Jewish civil servants who had been employed since 1914 were war veterans, the number of those thus excepted was quite considerable.

    Wannsee Protocol.

    In addition to these age groups - of the approximately 280,000 Jews in Germany proper and Austria on 31 October 1941, approximately 30% are over 65 years old - severely wounded veterans and Jews with war decorations (Iron Cross I) will be accepted in the old-age ghettos. With this expedient solution, in one fell swoop many interventions will be prevented.

    .. upshot is they were treated differently to the extent they went to old age ghettos before extermination instead of regular ghettos.

    The verification:

    "Adolf Hitler personally intervened to protect a Jewish man who had been his commanding officer during World War One, according to a letter unearthed by the Jewish Voice from Germany newspaper. The letter, composed in August 1940 by Heinrich Himmler, head of the Nazis' feared paramilitary SS, said Ernst Hess, a judge, should be spared persecution or deportation "as per the Fuehrer's wishes".

    (common sense dictates that if Hitler had to intervene to save one Jewish WW1 vet from persecution - fact is none were exempt)

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    I have sympathy for any conscripted soldier of any war, due to the fact that these types of folks do not either want to be there, or agree to combat because of "propaganda" that has satisfied the people they are doing the correct thing and combating the right facet. Germany has accepted as a nation the guilt for the numerous crimes commited by using the Nazis in WW2, so in a way they don't seem to be hiding behing the line "I used to be following orders", which at Nuremberg was located to be a non-suficient excuse. However while, it's problematic to now not think sorry for the boys that believed the entire BS spewed by Goebbels, joined the combat and ended doing horrible things to look after their lives and what they suggestion it used to be the right facet (yeah, Germany broke the Geneva convention, however they respected it too in many methods and all people else broke it, together with the americans). Should you add the numerous that had been compelled to fight, and would not disobey orders considering that that meant their demise and tremendous dishonor or dying to their households, it ordinarily felt like a great trap. Eventually, only while you appreciate that conflict is amoral in its nature, you see that when the one or many fool politicians have issued the movilization orders, each person else is into a hell of doing and receiving horrible sins that traditional society would by no means condone.

  • 8 years ago

    Hitler thought that it was the Jews fault they lost WW1 so sadly the got treated the same. Many graves of Jews who fought and died in WW1 were destroyed by the Nazis in WW2, so unfortunately no they got treated the same. Maybe even worse!

  • 8 years ago

    treated the same as the other jews pretty much. Being a soldier wasn't THAT honorable, especially in WW1 where most major countries has conscription and millions of men going to war.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Sent off to the camps like all the other Jewish citizens.

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