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Beyond Inclusion and Exclusion: Jewish Experiences of the First World War in Central Europe

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Beyond Inclusion and Exclusion

Jewish Experiences of the First World War in Central Europe

Edited by Jason Crouthamel, Michael Geheran, Tim Grady and Julia Barbara Köhne

408 pages, 29 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-018-8 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (November 2018)

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Reviews

“This interdisciplinary collection of essays is a penetrating and deeply researched analysis of how the horrors of World War I shaped, in contradictory and surprising ways, Jewish life. It is an impressive achievement that will stand alongside some of the best scholarship in the field.” • Eugene M. Avrutin, University of Illinois

Beyond Inclusion and Exclusion is truly at the forefront of research in the field. It approaches its subject in an original, sophisticated and intellectually riveting manner. Coherent and convincing throughout, the book manages to surprise and engage, all the while expanding our understanding of what it meant to be a Jew during World War I.” • Ilse Josepha Lazaroms, Central European University

Description

During the First World War, the Jewish population of Central Europe was politically, socially, and experientially diverse, to an extent that resists containment within a simple historical narrative. While antisemitism and Jewish disillusionment have dominated many previous studies of the topic, this collection aims to recapture the multifariousness of Central European Jewish life in the experiences of soldiers and civilians alike during the First World War. Here, scholars from multiple disciplines explore rare sources and employ innovative methods to illuminate four interconnected themes: minorities and the meaning of military service, Jewish-Gentile relations, cultural legacies of the war, and memory politics.

Jason Crouthamel is an Associate Professor of History at Grand Valley State University. His publications include An Intimate History of the Front: Masculinity, Sexuality and German Soldiers in the First World War (2014), The Great War and German Memory: Society, Politics and Psychological Trauma (2009) and two collections coedited with Peter Leese: Psychological Trauma and the Legacies of the First World War and Traumatic Memories of the Second World War and After (both 2016).

Michael Geheran is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the United States Military Academy. He is a graduate of Norwich University, Harvard University, and Clark University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2016. He is currently working on a book based on his doctoral research, which examines the experiences of German-Jewish World War I veterans during the Holocaust.

Tim Grady is a Reader in Modern History at the University of Chester. He is also the author of The German-Jewish Soldiers of the First World War in History and Memory (2011), A Deadly Legacy: German Jews and the Great War (2017), and co-editor, with Hannah Ewence, of Minorities and the First World War: From War to Peace (2017).

Julia Barbara Köhne is a Visiting Assistant Professor of the history of culture at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin.  She is the author of Geniekult in Geisteswissenschaften und Literaturen um 1900 und seine filmischen Adaptionen (2014), Kriegshysteriker. Strategische Bilder und mediale Techniken militärpsychiatrischen Wissens, 1914–1920 (2009), and co-editor, with Ulrike Heikaus, of Krieg! Juden zwischen den Fronten 1914–1918 (2014).

Subject: Jewish Studies WWI History 20th Century History
Area: Central/Eastern Europe



Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

PART I: AT THE MARGINS: MINORITIES AND THE MILITARY

Chapter 1. Hopes and Disappointments: German and French Jews During the Wars of 1870/71 and 1914–1918
Christine Krüger

Chapter 2. Habsburg Jews and the Imperial Army Before and During the First World War
Tamara Scheer

Chapter 3. The ‘Stepchildren’ of the Kaiserreich: Alsatians in the German Army During the First World War
Devlin Scofield

PART II: RELATIONS: CONTESTED IDENTITIES DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Chapter 4. Rethinking Jewish Front Experiences
Michael Geheran

Chapter 5. ‘Being German’ and ‘Being Jewish’ During World War I: An Ambivalent Transnational Relationship?
Sarah Panter

Chapter 6. In the Shadow of Antisemitism: Jewish Women and the German Home Front During World War I
Andrea A. Sinn

Chapter 7. The Social Engagement of Jewish Women in Berlin During the First World War
Sabine Hank

Chapter 8. “My Comrades Are for the Most Part On My Side”: Comradeship Between Non-Jewish and German Jewish Front Soldiers in the First World War
Jason Crouthamel

PART III: REPRESENTATION: THE CULTURE OF WAR

Chapter 9. Blind Spots and Jewish Heroines: Refashioning the Galician War Experience in 1920s Hollywood and Berlin
Philipp Stiasny

Chapter 10. Agnon on the Home Front in In Mr Lublin’s Store: Hebrew Fiction of the First World War
Glenda Abramson

PART IV: CONTESTED MEMORIES: WORKING THROUGH THE LEGACIES OF WAR

Chapter 11. Paper Psyches: On the Psychography of the Front Soldier According to Paul Plaut
Julia Barbara Köhne

Chapter 12. Narrative Negotiations: Interpreting the Cultural Position of Jews in National(social)ist War Narratives from 1914 to 1945
Florian Brückner

Conclusion
Derek Penslar

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