The Nuremberg race Laws By Grace Yoo

The Making

In 1935, at the annual party rally held in Nuremberg, Germany, the Nazís announced new laws which properly introduced the racist theories that ran abundantly within their party.

"That wasn't long after the Nuremberg laws came in, forbidding Jews to have German citizenship and for Germans and Jews to intermarry." (Page 192)
The laws banned German Jews from having citizenship in the Third Reich, as well as having any sexual relationships with people of 'pure Aryan blood.' Additional secondary laws stripped away the remaining political rights the Jews had left.

The Meaning

The Nuremberg laws did not define a "Jew" as someone who believed in the practice of Judaism. On the contrary, anyone with three or four Jewish grandparents would be considered "Jewish" regardless of whether the individual identified him or herself as a Jew.

Even people who had become more atheistic in lifestyle and inner mind found themselves being persecuted along with other Jews.
In other words, they were being mistreated for the simple fact that they existed.

The Treatment of 'Die Jüden'

After the Nuremberg laws were officially declared 'legal,' Jews all over the country found themselves being kicked out of their workplaces, stripped of their dignity, and spat in the face. Jewish lawyers were no longer allowed to practice law, Jewish doctors were forbidden from treating non-Jewish people, and Jewish managers and workers were dismissed.

One particularly nasty slap in the face for the Jews was their newly updated identity cards. The government branded their cards with red "J"s, making it very easy for the Nazís to find them. Then, for good measure, every individual of Jewish occupation whose first name simply wasn't "Jewish" enough was given new middle names; 'Sara' for females, 'Israel' for males.

Although the Nuremberg laws were not the main source of the Jews' plight, it was the spark that started the fire. The legalization of the laws as a whole impacted the whole German nation, if not the world, forever.

The descendants of the House of Israel would face an even larger waterfall of suffering in the years to come.

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