Monthly Archives: September 2008

Exhibit: Fighting for the Fatherland: The Patriotism of Jews in World War I

In the Trenches

World War I changed what was thinkable about human brutality and opened a door for the destruction of European Jewry only two decades later. At the beginning of the First World War, however, German and Austrian Jews were among the first to show their patriotism. Their initial patriotic fervor was put to a severe test as anti-Semitic incidents in the army accelerated.