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180 Who Died for Germany at Ypres Listed

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The current issue of the Schild, official organ of the Union of Jewish Ex-Soldiers in Germany, is a special “landers 1914″ number, containing a list of names of 180 Jews serving in the Fourth Army who fell in the Battle of Ypres, and personal recollections of the battles in Flanders by Jewish soldiers who took part in them on the German side.

“Of our free will we went and sealed with our heart’s blood, in the eyes of history and of the nation, our indisputable right to our homeland, our sacred right to belong to the people in whose ranks these fought and fell,” the leading article says.

“This is our bequest from our brothers of Dixmude, Langemarck, Poelcappelle, Ypres. Else it would be no more than a tragic error when Jewish volunteers poured into the barracks a meaningless sacrifice when they went out, with Germany’s song upon their lips, to storm the enemy’s fire.

“We have no reason to shrink from the question of where was Germany’s Jewish youth when Dixmude was stormed. And German Jewish youth of 1934, do not forget it,” the editorial concludes.

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