Uncle Willy: The Jew Who Loved Germany

  • Warner Max Corden
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Economic Thought book series (PHET)


This chapter is about Uncle Willy, the older brother of my father, who was a school teacher. Unlike my father, he was an observant Jew. He was a historian with a long list of publications. He was indeed a true intellectual, very bookish, and with strong views. My parents remarked that I was taking after him. He served in the Great War and was awarded the Iron Cross. Surprisingly, he was a German patriot and also became a Zionist after the war ended. He was murdered in the Holocaust with his wife and two little daughters. His massive diaries and his autobiography have been published posthumously. The “big question” is: Why did he not get out?


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  • Warner Max Corden
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  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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