On Sunday, SMU history professor Bryan Rigg will speak on Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers: Questions of Identity & Morality during the Third Reich at the Jewish Community Center in Dallas. His research uncovered that as many as 150,000 Jews and partial Jews served, often with distinction, in the German military during World War II.
His interviews revealed the nature and extent of the dilemma faced by the Mischlinge (the legal test under Nazi Germany’s Nuremberg Laws that was applied to determine whether a person was considered a “Jew”) who served: divided loyalties and states of constant tension.
His presentation will include discussion of Hitler’s gay soldiers who were half or quarter Jews.
Rigg is the author of Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military.
The Dallas Jewish Historical Society is presenting the free event on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. The Jewish Community Center is at 7900 Northaven Road.