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Jews Deprived of Citizenship

On September 15, 1935, at the annual Nazi Party rally, the so-called Nuremberg Laws were promulgated. Under these laws, Jews were deprived of German citizenship and other civil and political rights, and were redesignated as subjects of the state. In keeping with Nazi beliefs about "racial purity," personal contacts between Jews and non-Jews, such as intermarriages, sexual relations, and certain types of employment were prohibited.



[Nuremberg Laws of Reich Citizenship] A subject of the State is a person who enjoys the protection of the German Reich and who in consequence has specific obligations towards it. . . .

A Reich citizen is a subject of the State who is of German or related blood, who proves by his conduct that he is willing and fit faithfully to serve the German people and Reich . . .

[Nuremberg Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor] Moved by the understanding that purity of the German Blood is the essential condition for the continued existence of the German people, and inspired by the inflexible determination to ensure the existence of the German Nation for all time . . . .

Marriages between Jews and subjects of the state of German or related blood are forbidden. Marriages nevertheless concluded are invalid, even if concluded abroad to circumvent this law. . . .

Extramarital intercourse between Jews and subjects of the state of German or related blood is forbidden.

Jews may not employ in their households female subjects of the state of German or related blood who are under 45 years old.

Jews are forbidden to fly the Reich or National flag or to display the Reich colors.