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The Nuremberg Laws In the tumultuous period leading up to World War II, a series of laws were devised in Nazi Germany that subjected the Jewish people to prohibitory and discriminatory forms of treatment. Although the Jewish people only accounted for 503,000 of the 55 million occupants of the country, Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship preached the incorporation of anti-Semitism into law and practice in order to quell the people he considered to be the enemy of the country. The Nuremberg Laws, created September 15, 1935, were rooted in the idea of Nazi eugenics; to biologically “improve” the population into achieving the Master race that Hitler envisioned. These laws would ensure that any mixing of German and Jewish blood would cease and thus secure that further generations would be made of “pure” blood. The laws did not necessarily define a Jewish person by the beliefs they practiced, but instead as anyone who had three or four Jewish grandparents regardless of the person’s own beliefs. If a person had one or two Jewish grandparents they were referred to as a “Mischling” or being of “mixed blood” and were still prohibited from such things as citizenship or marriage with German’s that were of “kindred blood.” The Nuremberg Laws themselves consisted of The Reich Citizenship Law and the Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor. Under the Citizenship Law, German citizenship was taken away from Jews and only given to those who were of “German or kindred blood” and were “fit to serve the German people and Reich faithfully.” Jewish people also could not hold voting power in political affairs or hold public offices. Under the latter of the two laws, they were forbidden from engaging in sexual relations or marriages with those of pure German blood and could not display colors or emblems of Germany or the Reich. In addition more than 400 different regulations…...

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