‘We can learn from children’
grips with what it means to be a Jewish soldier — and a Jewish soldier who may be fighting other Jewish soldiers.”
In this regard, Rabbi Wright highlights a contribution to the first volume by Nina Goldstein titled
which displays a broad and considered perspective.
Nina wrote: “This European War is interesting from all points of view, especially the Jewish [one]. Jewish soldiers are fighting for every country engaged in this terrible war. Thus we find members of the Jewish faith fighting against each other.”
She continued: “The cities on the Eastern Battlefields are mainly inhabited by Austrian and Russian Jews who are naturally suffering very terribly and many thousands of them are now homeless.
“Another interesting point for the Jewish people is the break up of the Turkish Empire, which must come about through their foolishly trying to fight the Allies. As we all know, Palestine at present belongs to Turkey and one of the results of the war may be that the Holy Land may once again belong to the Jewish people.”
Rabbi Wright also observes that the wartime reflections address issues of identity among those who had come to Britain from the Continent.
After the war started, her own great-