Applebaum, Peter. Loyalty betrayed: Jewish chaplains in the Germany Army during the First World War. Portland, OR : Vallentine Mitchell, 2014.

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    Center for Jewish History

    15 W. 16th St.
    New York, NY 10011


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    Members: $5
    Non-members: $10

Around 30 Jewish chaplains served with honor and distinction in the German army during World War I, providing spiritual care for about 100,000 Jewish, as well as non-Jewish, soldiers, and also Jewish refugees made homeless by the Tsarist army. This is the first book in English detailing the writings of these Jewish chaplains, and it includes original translations of memoirs and diaries, annotated with historical, religious, and literary notes. In spite of their loyal service between 1918 and 1941, all of these rabbis died or were driven out of Germany, and at least 4 were murdered during the Holocaust. Loyalty Betrayed provides a balanced view of the situation of Jews in the German army on the Western, Eastern, and Balkan Fronts, providing a glimpse into the vanished world of Eastern European Judaism.

Author Dr. Peter Appelbaum will speak along with moderator Dr. Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary and President Emeritus of LBI.

Peter Appelbaum MD, PhD has authored and co-authored over 1,000 scientific articles and presentations to scientific audiences world-wide during his career as a clinical microbiologist and antibiotic researcher. The first description of an outbreak of clinical infections caused by drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae came from his laboratory in 1977,  and he has authored seminal work on many other aspects of bacterial drug-resistance, including vancomycin non-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus.

His interest in German and other languages as well as modern Jewish history led to his research on the lives and experiences of the 100,000 Jewish soldiers in the German army during World War I. Loyalty Betrayed is the first volume to be published from this work.

This book talk was rescheduled from its original date in February.