Bryan Mark Rigg

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Bryan Mark Rigg (born March 16, 1971) is an American author and speaker

Biography[edit]

Born and reared as a Baptist,[1] Rigg studied at Phillips Exeter Academy, graduating in 1991[2] continued on to Yale University, and received his B.A. in 1996.[3] He received a grant from the Henry Fellowship, to continue his studies in Cambridge University, where Rigg earned his doctorate in 2002.[4][5] In the summer of 1994 he went to Germany, and met Peter Millies, an elderly man who helped Rigg understand the German in a movie they were watching, Europa Europa, about Shlomo Perl, a full Jew who "hid in plain sight" in the Nazi army, posing as a Volksdeutsche orphan named Josef Peters. Millies later told Rigg that he himself was a part-Jew, and introduced him to the subject which was to become his main research topic for many years.[6]

Rigg discovered a large number of "Mischlinge" (part-Jews) who were members of the National Socialist German Workers Party (or "Nazi" Party) and/or served in the German Armed Forces during World War II. In the 1990s, he travelled throughout the world, primarily Austria and Germany, and interviewed hundreds of these men. His assembled documents, videotapes, and wartime memoirs on the subject are presented as the Bryan Mark Rigg Collection at the Military Archives branch of the Federal German Archives (Bundesarchiv) in Freiburg, Germany.[7]

He has taught as a lecturer at Southern Methodist University and American Military University.[8] He served as a volunteer in the Israel Army and as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

His claims have been used both by Holocaust researchers,[9][10] as well as Holocaust denial and anti-Zionist groups.

His book Hitler's Jewish Soldiers earned him the Colby Award (for first books in military history) in 2003.[11] Before his work was published, his research was picked up by several newspapers, most notably the London Telegraph, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, causing much sensation and generating a lot of criticism from some historians. He has been endorsed by such historians like Michael Berenbaum[12], Robert Citino,[13] Stephen Fritz, James Corum, Paula Hyman, Nathan Stoltzfus, Norman Naimark, Jonathan Steinberg, Geoffrey P. Megargee, Dennis Showalter and James Tent.[14] He has published several other books since then: Rescued From the Reich, with a foreword by Paula Hyman (Yale University Press 2004), Lives of Hitler's Jewish Soldiers (Kansas, 2009) and The Rabbi Saved by Hitler's Soldiers, with a foreword by Michael Berenbaum (Kansas, 2016).

Recent activities[edit]

According to the German Academic Exchange Service, he worked in the Private Banking Division of Credit Suisse as a Private Wealth Manager from 2006 to 2008. He has set up his own firm called RIGG Wealth Management.

Criticism[edit]

David Cesarani, professor for Jewish history at the University of Southampton and Royal Holloway, University of London, and Raul Hilberg of the University of Vermont judge Rigg’s work negatively, because they believe Rigg's thesis is presented in a sensationalistic and unbalanced way.[citation needed]

Other scholars, like Richard J. Evans, Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge, and Omer Bartov, professor of history at Brown University, consider the titles of Rigg's books, such as Hitler's Jewish Soldiers, misleading, because the books are not about Jews as the term is commonly understood, but in almost all cases about Mischlinge ("half-"Jews and "quarter-"Jews) as defined by the Nuremberg laws but not according to Jewish religious law.[15] The few exceptions, including Solomon Perel, whose life was depicted in the film Europa Europa, were crypto-Jews hiding behind 'Aryan' assumed identities.[citation needed]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military, University Press of Kansas, 2002. ISBN 978-0-7006-1358-8[16][17]
  • Rescued from the Reich: How one of Hitler's Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Yale University Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0-300-11531-4[18]
  • The Untold Stories of Hitler's Jewish Soldiers University of Kansas Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-7006-1638-1

See also[edit]

  • Meno Burg (1789–1853), the highest-ranking Jewish officer in the Prussian army.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dorie Baker (May 3, 2002). "Alumnus Bryan Rigg reveals untold story of 'Hitler's Jewish Soldiers'". Yale Bulletin and Calendar. 30 (28). Retrieved June 13, 2019. He returned to his family in Texas, where he had grown up as a devout Baptist ...
  2. ^ Phillips Exeter Academy - Alumni - U.S. Associations - Texas
  3. ^ Yale Bulletin and Calendar - Alumnus Bryan Rigg reveals untold story of 'Hitler's Jewish Soldiers'
  4. ^ "In the Wolf's Mouth". Dallas Observer. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Kansas University Press - Hitler's Jewish Soldiers. The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military
  6. ^ "In the Wolf's Mouth". Dallas Observer. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  7. ^ German Academic Exchange Service - Dr. Bryan Mark Rigg profile
  8. ^ German Academic Exchange Service - Dr. Bryan Mark Rigg profile
  9. ^ "Hitler's Jewish Soldiers". Holocaust Teacher Resource Center. July 25, 2002. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  10. ^ Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh (2009). Surrounded: Palestinian Soldiers in the Israeli Military. p. 197. ISBN 9780804758581.
  11. ^ Kansas University Press - Hitler's Jewish Soldiers. The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military
  12. ^ JTA - Were there Jews in Hitler's army?
  13. ^ Citino, Robert M. The International History Review, vol. 32, no. 1, 2010, pp. 173–174
  14. ^ Hitler's Jewish Soldiers—Interview with Historian Bryan Mark Rigg
  15. ^ Danny Postel (May 3, 2002). "Were there Jews in the Nazi Army". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved August 25, 2014..
  16. ^ Schroer, Timothy L. (2004). "Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military". Canadian Journal of History. 39 (3): 606–607.
  17. ^ Deák, István (2002). "Bryan Mark Rigg. Hitler's Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military". The American Historical Review. 108 (5): 1546–1547. doi:10.1086/ahr/108.5.1546.
  18. ^ Herman, Gerald (2006). "Rescued from the Reich: How One of Hitler's Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe (review)". Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies. 24 (3): 168–170. doi:10.1353/sho.2006.0058.

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