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Carnage and Care on the Eastern Front
The War Diaries of Bernhard Bardach, 1914-1918
Translated and Edited by Peter C. Appelbaum
Foreword by Jay Winter
Introduction by Helmut Konrad
326 pages, 31 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-978-3 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (August 2018)
eISBN 978-1-78533-979-0 eBook
“Bernhard Bardach’s diary is a significant historical document, in some respects recalling the German Jewish Viktor Klemperer’s famous World War II Dresden diary. In addition to its detailed account of the Eastern Front, it gives a compelling portrait of an assimilated Central European Jew who fully embraced the Habsburg concept of citizenship and strongly identified with German-Austrian language and culture, only to end his life in exile and disappointment following the Nazi era.” • Istvan Deák, Columbia University
For nearly all of the Great War, the Jewish doctor Bernhard Bardach served with the Austro-Hungarian army in present-day Ukraine. His diaries from that period, unpublished and largely overlooked until now, represent a distinctive and powerful record of daily life on the Eastern Front. In addition to key events such as the 1916 Brusilov Offensive, Bardach also gives memorable descriptions of military personalities, refugees, food shortages, and the uncertainty and boredom that inescapably attended life on the front. Ranging from the critical first weeks of fighting to the ultimate collapse of the Austrian army, these meticulously written diaries comprise an invaluable eyewitness account of the Great War.
Peter C. Appelbaum is an Emeritus Professor of Pathology, Pennsylvania State University. His publications include the books Loyalty Betrayed: Jewish Chaplains in the German Army During the First World War and Loyal Sons: Jews in the German Army in the Great War (both 2014) and, as translator and editor, Broken Carousel: German Jewish Soldier-Poets of the Great War (2017), Jewish Tales of the Great War (2017), Avigdor Hameiri’s Hell on Earth (2017; winner of the 2019 TLS-Risa Domb/Porjes Prize for Translation), and Kurt Tucholsky’s Prayer after the Slaughter (2015).
Subject: History: World War I Jewish Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe
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