The Nuremberg Laws

1935

15 September

With the laws of Nuremberg, the Nazi party enacted a series of persecutory norms against the Jewish population, which is excluded from the vote, initiating its anti-Semitic policy. Art. 2 of the laws declares a citizen of the Reich only who has German blood or can claim a German bloodline. Jews are excluded from the right to vote and from German citizenship and are forbidden to work in public administrations. The “German Law for the Protection of Blood and Honor” prohibits mixed marriages and extramarital relations between Aryans and Jews (but also Gypsies and Blacks) and declares null and void the mixed marriages already celebrated. On July 14, 1933, a law was already passed that required the forced sterilization of physically and mentally disabled, according to the principles of eugenics.