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Jewish Census
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Jewish Census

A census of Jews in the German field forces, rear area, and army of occupation, including those rejected as unfit for service and those whose service had been deferred, ordered by Prussian War Minister Wild von Hohenborn in October 1916, and implemented on November 1, 1916.

Owing to missing military documents, the administrative prehistory of the Jewish Census is largely unknown. It occurred at a time when the military position for Germany was characterized by a high casualty rate, fading prospects of victory, and a dire supply …

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Sieg, Ulrich, “Jewish Census”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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