Study Notes

Nuremberg Laws

AQA, Edexcel, OCR

The Nuremberg Laws were laws which were passed by the Nazis that targeted Jews and placed restrictions upon their movements, rights and lives. They were passed on 15th September 1935. Among the wider changes to German society, there were two laws which specifically targeted Jews.

The Reich Law for the Protection of German Blood and Honour

The Protection of German Blood and Honour surrounded the issues of marriage and childbirth. Under this law, Jews were prohibited from marrying Germans, and were also prohibited from engaging in sexual relationships with them.


The Reich Law on Citizenship

Perhaps the more significant of the two laws, this law stripped Jews of their German citizenship. Jews were defined as subjects of the Reich rather than citizens, and the law backed this up with the statement that those having German blood were entitled to be citizens. This linked to Nazi ideas about clean and dirty blood. This law also required Jews to wear the yellow Stars of David. 

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