DIE JUDISCHEN GEFALLENEN
A Roll of Honor Commemorating the 12,000 German Jews
Who Died for their Fatherland in World War I.

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Introduction to Die Judischen Gefallenen

Die Judischen Gefallenen, The Jewish Roll of Honor, was published by The Reich Association of Jewish Combat Veterans in 1932, under the direction of Dr. Leo Lowenstein, Captain of the Reserves, Retired.

I found a copy of this remarkable book in a San Diego bookstore approximately ten years ago. Subsequently, I researched the libraries to determine the location of other copies and learned that very few were in existence. I resolved, then and there, to find some way to reprint and distribute this document so that it would be available to the broadest audience possible.

Die Judischen Gefallenen is, in essence, a list or register of identified German Jewish servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice for their German fatherland in World War I. The names are presented in alphabetical order along with date of birth and date of death, military unit and rank, and notice of loss. The book has two main sections: 1. An alphabetical listing of soldiers by name

and 2. An alphabetical listing of soldiers by their city or town or origin. The latter can serve as a source for further biographical research.

In addition to my remarks below, I have included a graphic published as a leaflet in Germany in 1920, which poignantly reflects the loss of identifiable Jewish servicemen and the legacy of non-recognition of that sacrifice.

In looking over these names, I, myself, experience a sadness, not unlike the grief that veterans of the Vietnam war feel when viewing the memorial in Washington, D.C.

Not only for those who died, but for all those who were left behind, their families and friends who had to suffer the terrible indignities prior to 1932 and the terrible tragedies after that date with the enactment of the Nuremberg laws and subsequent concentration camp atrocities!

Imagine the impact on pre-Nazi Germany if this 1932 document, which is a powerful refutation of the claims of those with agendas of hate, had been on the shelf of every history professor, every political science teacher, every attorney and medical practitioner, every newspaper editor and journalist, every gymnasium teacher, to say nothing of its presence in every library of the land.

Would such broad access have made a difference? Would it have changed history? I don't know. Perhaps! That is why I am so delighted to put this book on the web, so that the information, the record, becomes indelible and permanently enshrined for succeeding generations of Jews and Christians and all men of good will, in the hope that those who search for the “truth about Jews” in the struggle against “hatred of Jews” will find this document useful. (Leo Finegold April 12, 2005).