The Participation of the Jews of France in the Great War

By Sylvian Halff

American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jewish Publication Society (JPS), 1920

In this comprehensive and thorough account of French Jewry's participation in World War I, the author, Captain Sylvain Halff, examines the heroism and patriotism of those Jews who risked their lives for France. As such, the article begins by estimating the population of French Jewry (around 95,000), and then delves into an in-depth analysis of Jews who were Generals, Colonels, Engineers, Sons-in-Arms, High officials in the state government, doctors, lawyers, artists and air-force pilots, among other military and civilian classes discussed in this paper. Additionally, Halff discusses the contributions of both North African (i.e., Algeria and Tunisia) and foreign Jews (i.e., those who were from neither France nor a French colony) to the French war effort, and ends by describing the role of religion in France during World War I, specifically in relation to the soldiers themselves. Ultimately, it is the author's main goal to highlight French Jewry's love of France.

Topic: War, Demography, Religion, Nationalism, Military Service, Population Estimate

Name of Publication: American Jewish Year Book

Volume/Issue: Vol. 21

Page Number(s): 31-97

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Genre: Article

Coverage: France

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Halff, Sylvian. The Participation of the Jews of France in the Great War. American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jewish Publication Society (JPS). 1920: 31-97. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5625


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