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What was the main provision of the German "Nuremberg laws" of 1935?


49. What was the main provision of the German "Nuremberg laws" of 1935?

The IHR says:

Laws against intermarriage and sexual relations between Germans and Jews, similar to laws existing in Israel today.

Nizkor replies:

More antisemitic lies and moral relativism. There are no such laws in Israel (although the number of intermarriages is quite small).

The Nuremberg laws not only prohibited sexual relations between Germans and Jews, they effectively punished them by death. (Although the specified punishment was imprisonment or hard labour - or both - a number of Jews were indeed executed for having sexual relations with Germans. Even "petting" was reason enough to apply the death penalty.)

The Nuremberg Laws of 1935 affected many things outside of personal relationships. Later in the year, an ordinance was issued on the basis of one of the Nuremberg Laws (see Hilberg, Documents of Destruction, 1971, p. 20):

On the basis of article 3 of the Reich Citizenship Law of September 15, 1935 (Reich Legal Gazette I, 1146) the following is ordered: ...

Article 4

1. A Jew cannot be a Reich citizen. He is not allowed the right to vote in political affairs; he cannot hold public office.

2. Jewish civil servants will retire as of December 31, 1935. ...

Later laws, of course, were much less subtle.


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