Nuremberg Laws

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This illustration explains the Blutschutzgesetz: In general, the light (or the cross) symbols stand for German-blooded, the dark symbols for Jew. In general: No restriction if both people are German-blooded; If one of them is Quarter-Jew (Mischling 2. Grades) also no problem; Half-Jews need a special permission to marry people of German blood (in General, there were no such permissions); People that are more than half-Jew are not permitted to marry (or have sex with) German-blooded people

The Nuremberg Laws is the name for three (historically: two laws) that were set into practice in Germany in 1935, and that were valid until 1945. They are named after the city of Nuremberg where the legislative assembly met.

They were:

  • Gesetz zum Schutze des deutschen Blutes und der deutschen Ehre (Often called Blutschutzgesetz, law concerning the protection of German blood and honour). This law made it illegal for Jews to marry non-Jews. It also made it illegal for these people to have sex with each other. The law provided for long prison terms for the people who did not obey it. Strangely enough, these were only for men, women could go away without prison term (if they told about it).
  • Reichsbürgergesetz This law basically said that only people of German or closely-related blood could become citizens - in other words: Jews (and some others) could not. All Jews employed by the government had to quit their job. They also lost their right to vote.
  • Reichsflaggengesetz Strictly speaking this is not one of the Nurenberg Laws. It was published with the others though. It made the swastika the official flag of Germany.