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Great War Letters of German & Austrian Jews 1914

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Danann Publishing Limited, United Kingdom
Published: 24th Nov 2014
Dimensions: w 183mm h 234mm d 17mm
Weight: 468g
ISBN-10: 0993016901
ISBN-13: 9780993016905
Barcode No: 9780993016905
Synopsis
Available in English for the first time, we read the heart-warming, moving and intensely personal letters that the young soldiers wrote home from the battlefield. The uniquely Jewish viewpoint they express, and the strong traditional elements in their religion, bring the conflict between the inhumane war, and religious belief into sharp contrast. The young mens' attempts to adhere to their faith and rituals during the violent horror of trench warfare are touching, and often tinged with self-deprecating humour. The immense pain, the keenly-felt loss of comrades and a yearning for home and loved ones shine through the soldiers' words One great leitmotiv runs through the letters: the hope for equality. The war letters are a unique insight into life, battle and death on the enemy front lines, and the extraordinary Jewish experience in particular.

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