German Military to Include Jewish Rabbis for First Time Since Hitler Expelled Them
Adolf Hitler removed rabbis and Jewish soldiers from the army in 1933.
Almost 90 years later, the German parliament has voted in favor of legislation which allows rabbis to act as military chaplains once again.
The Bundeswehr, Germany's armed forces, will allow military rabbis to see to the "spiritual needs of Jewish soldiers" for the first time in nearly a century, the German parliament agreed Thursday. The vote was unanimous. Until now soldiers in the German army could only turn to Christian military chaplains, either Protestant or Catholic.
The move, which was first introduced by Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in December 2019, has been welcomed by Jewish supremacists and zionist lawmakers from all parties.
"This is a special sign of solidarity and recognition" towards Jews, Kramp-Karrenbauer told the Bundestag parliament, adding that the rabbis would provide a recognizable contribution "against the daily and growing anti-Semitism in our society."
The defense minister also said she planned to introduce legislation to allow imams and Christian Orthodox priests to perform similar chaplaincy roles. On Twitter, she described it as a "historic day."