Life Under the Third Reich… What Were Hitler’s Nuremberg Laws?

The Nuremberg Laws take their name from the German city of Nuremberg, because that’s where the laws were signed by Adolph Hitler in the fall of 1935. These laws brought extreme persecution to Jews. German Jews were stripped of their civil liberties and were no longer considered a part of the German nation. They were Jews only. The German citizens who kept their legal status were called “a national of German or kindred blood.” It even became against the law for a Jew to fly the German flag. The Nuremberg Laws prevented marriage between Jews and German Nationals. The law went further and made it illegal for a German National to have sex with a Jew. The Nazis were deadly serious about keeping German Nationals away from Jews. They were concerned with what they called “racial pollution” and they went to great lengths to stop it. German couples were examined by doctors before they were allowed to marry. The Nuremberg Laws were overseen mostly by doctors because they fell under the jurisdiction of Germany’s public health system. The public health agencies offered marital counseling centers and by 1936 one of the Nuremberg Laws, the very strict Marital Health Law was administered. The doctors who administered the Nuremberg Laws brought great disgrace to Germany. Suellen Ocean is the author of the novel Chimney Fire. Available here:

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With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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