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Author of Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers to speak at Museum on April 25

hitlerjewishsoldiersBryan Mark Rigg, author of Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military, will discuss his book at a special lecture at the Museum on April 25.

Bryan Mark Rigg will talk about his time spent in Germany researching his book and the shocking revelations he uncovered.
Bryan Mark Rigg spent years researching the book, canvassing Germany and interviewing countless individuals, ultimately accumulating over 30,000 pages of records. Since then he has producing a stunning work, uncovering stories and a history that few have heard.

Bryan Mark Rigg received his B.A. with honors in history from Yale University in 1996. Yale awarded him the Henry Fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge University, where he received his M.A. in 1997 and Ph.D. in 2002. Currently Professor of History at American Military University, he has served as a volunteer in the Israeli Army and as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

His research for this book has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and London Daily Telegraph. The thousands of pages of documents and oral testimonies that the author collected were purchased by the National Military Archive of Germany.

The Bryan Mark Rigg Collection is housed in the Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv in Freiburg, Germany. This work is the conclusion of a decade of Mr. Rigg’s research while a student first at Yale University and later at Cambridge University. Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military is the result of his efforts.

Rigg conducted groundbreaking research into the lives of the Jewish soldiers who served in Hitler’s armed forces including:

  • Blond-haired, blue-eyed Werner Goldberg, who kept his Jewish heritage a secret, was presented in Nazi propaganda as “The Ideal German Soldier”;

  • Luftwaffe General Helmut Wilberg, declared Aryan by Hitler in 1935 even though he was partly Jewish;

  • General Gotthard Heinrici along with his children and wife were awarded the “German blood certificate” although they had Jewish ancestors.