Ottoman Jews during WW1 #general

Metin Delevi

For a research I am preparing, I am looking for information on Ottoman Jews in European armies ( German, Hungarian, French etc.) or their activities in these countries during WW1. And I am looking for sources on a specific topic:  Ottoman Jews as POW . ( I know there were Ottoman Jewish prisoners held by the British army in Palestine and Gaza) 
Any source or information will be welcome. 
Thank you
Metin Delevi

Alan Kolnik

Try "Lawrence and Aaronsohn", by Ronald Florence. Not exactly your topic, bnut has a great deal of information about the WW I period in Palestine and the Nili group

Alan Kolnik

E Feinstein

I am also researching the Jewish participation in WWI.  Speaking of Lawrence of Arabia.  There was a German military installation at Deraa in southern Syria, that Lawrence and his bedouins attacked and destroyed in September of 1918.  They also destroyed the German military cemetery and its 22 graves that had been attached to the field hospital (Feldlazarett) there.  Yes, you guessed it--there were Jewish burials in the cemetery.  Out of the 22 German soldiers buried there, I have record of two being Jewish.  Gerhard MENDELSOHN from Eisleben, Germany and Marcel WEIL from Buchweiler or Bouxwiller, France (Alsace.)  Even more incredible is that via my research I was able to connect with the family of Marcel WEIL and they sent me the picture of him below from before the war.  The family had no idea where he had fallen during that conflict.  

New Jersey


Cercle de Généalogie Juive ( has indexed thousands of pages of documents relating to Ottoman Jews in France during WW1 - those documents are held at the French Archives Diplomatiques. See - access requires membership.


Thierry Samama