October 14, 2011
The Effect of the Nuremberg Laws
In 1933, less than 1% of the German population was Jewish. Jews contributed significantly to German culture. Many served in World War I and thought of themselves as Germans first and Jews second. They considered Germany a home; their passionate ties and the blind loyalty to Germany caused them to be blind to the harsh reality of anti-Semitic measures. The Nuremberg Laws were the first attempt by the Nazi government to define the Jews and as such. The first law, The Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor, prohibited marriages and extra-marital intercourse between “Jews” (the name was now officially used in place of “non-Aryans”) and “Germans” and also the employment of “German” females under forty-five in Jewish households. The second law, The Reich Citizenship Law, stripped Jews of their German citizenship and introduced a new distinction between “Reich citizens” and “nationals.” The Reich citizen was a person who was of German or related blood and was the "sole bearer of full political rights in accordance with the Law". The Nuremberg Laws by their nature had formalized the unofficial and particular measures taken against Jews up to 1935. The Jews were also defined by having a J stamped in red on their identification cards. The Nazi leaders made a point of stressing with the Party program which demanded that Jews should be deprived of their rights as citizens. Hitler now, had even more control over the government and political attitude to Jews in Nazi Germany. In the period 1937 to 1938, more serious new laws were implemented, and the segregation of Jews from the German "Aryan" population began. These laws influenced Daniel’s and Armin’s friendship because they basically are told that they cannot be friends. In the story, these two young boys become friends and have the same dreams of Hitler becoming chancellor and joining the HJ (Hitler...