I had heard of this before, but I had never seen it written down quite so precisely. The article is in the journal of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, so suffers from being written in English as a second language, but it’s still pretty much intelligible.
The anecdotes are stunning: Reinhard Heidrich, Hitler’s favorite top officer, returning home drunk one night, looks in the mirror and sees his reflection. “Foul Jew”, he hollers, pulls out his revolver and shoots the mirror to shards. Eichmann, later sentenced to death for genocide in Israel, tormented by other boys at school who called him a “small Jew.”
Hitler signing a waver on 78 of his top officers who were partly Jewish or had parents who married Jews, declaring his determination that they were 100% Aryan. German soldiers protecting the known Jews in their ranks from genocide by keeping their status secret. Captured Soviet soldiers, anti-Semites, betraying the Soviet Jews in their own ranks to genocide. A German officer on leave is allowed to visit his Jewish father, interned at Auschwitz! When there, the commandant says, “If you were not in the army, you would be here too.”
A pure Jewish German escapes from occupied France to Germany and is called up to the SS, where he serves. His own mother is murdered at Auschwitz. His soul is tormented, “Am I a victim or a persectuor?” 150,000 descendants of German Jewish war veterans who have permission to move to Israel via the Law of Return. Wild debates in Israel over letting the grandchildren of German troops move to Israel.
A top German half-Jewish officer, a colonel, on his way to promotion to general, is shipped to Poland and witnesses the Warsaw Ghetto. He breaks down and his promotion is denied on the grounds of psychological weakness.
A well-known photo of a German youth in a helmet, blond, blue-eyed, Aryan, used to promote Nazism in Nazi propaganda. The model was Werner Goldberg, a German soldier with a Jewish father. A German soldier, a religious Jew, returns after the war and relates how he repeatedly saw German soldiers engaging in Jewish religious rituals at the front, with no one stopping them. Goering thundering in his headquarters, when confronted with Jewish officers in his ranks, “In my headquarters I decide who is a Jew and who is not!”
The article is a review of the book, Jewish Soldiers of Hitler: Untold History of Nazi Racial Laws and People of Jewish Origin in the German Army by Brian Rigg, a Jewish convert to Christianity, US Marine and volunteer in the Israeli Army.