Marginalization of Jews

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Anyone who was not a member of the so-called “Volksgemeinschaft” was ostracized. Jews and individuals categorized as “non-Aryans”, made citizens with inferior rights by the Nuremberg “Reich Citizenship Law” of September 15, 1935, were especially affected. They experienced the phase of “consolidated rule” utterly differently.

The “Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor”, likewise enacted on September 15, 1935 in Nuremberg, stipulated who was to be classified as Jewish in the first place and prohibited said individuals from marrying so-called “Aryans”. Discrimination had thus been “legalized”.

In the same legislative manner, Jews were later also quite “legally” prohibited from pursuing professions, were deprived of the basis for a livelihood, had their rental agreements terminated and their passports stamped with a stigmatizing “J”. The November Pogrom of 1938 represented a turning point insofar as discrimination and violent actions were thenceforth officially “legal”.

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