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Boy on the BridgeThe Story of John Shalikashvili's American Success$
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Andrew Marble

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178028

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178028.001.0001

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Countess Julie Pappenheim

Countess Julie Pappenheim

Spring 1947—Pappenheim, Germany

(p.49) 5 Countess Julie Pappenheim
Boy on the Bridge

Andrew Marble

University Press of Kentucky

Set in Pappenheim, Germany, in 1947, the chapter continues the theme of nature vs. nurture by introducing John Shalikashvili’s great aunt, Countess Julie Pappenheim. As European aristocracy, the countess symbolizes the rights and responsibilities of power and nobility (noblesse oblige) as well as the question of identity and commitment—all key themes for an officer, particularly one of foreign birth, rising through the US armed forces. It also touches upon John Shalikashvili’s troubled youth, outlines the continued struggles faced by the family as war refugees in post-World War II Germany, and introduces Dimitri Shalikashvili, John Shalikashvili’s father.

Keywords:   John Shalikashvili, Othar Joseph Shalikashvili, Pappenheim, Germany, Countess Julie Pappenheim, World War II, European aristocracy, noblesse oblige, War refugees, Dimitri Shalikashvili, nature vs. nurture

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