Newsgroups: alt.revisionism,soc.history Subject: Holocaust Almanac - The Nuremberg Law: Protecting the Blood Summary: Brief article dealing with the nature of the law, and its avoidance of "racial" restrictions... Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Followup-To: alt.revisionism Organization: The Old Frog's Almanac, Vancouver Island, CANADA Keywords: Frick,Nuremberg File: holocaust/germany/nuremberg nuremberg.001 Last-modified: 1993/08/27 "The tenth of September marked the opening of the 1935 party rally in Nu"rnberg. ...The rally's theme was Freedom. In ironic contrast, Hitler simultaneously proclaimed the new racial laws, technically known as the Reichscitizenship Law and the Law for the Defense of German Blood and German Honor (Reichsbu"gergesetz und das Gesetz sum Schutze des deutschen Blutes and der deutschen Ehre). The laws were later known throughout the world as the Nu"rnberg Laws, although they were signed in Berlin by Minister of the Interior Dr. Frick on September 15, 1935. The original version was comparatively mild. It replaced the notion of race with that of _blood_ in the following words (the convoluted Nazi style sounds equally clumsy in translation): German blood does not of itself form a race. Instead, the German people is composed of the members of differing races. However, what all of these races have in common is that their blood is mutually compatible, and that a mixture of these bloods, in contrast to bloods that are not of a related sort, will not cause any inhibitions or tensions. (Translation by the author.) This avoided the untenable notion of a 'pure' German race and, instead, spoke of compatible 'German bloodedness' (Deutschblutigkeit). The laws could specifically be pointed at Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, Semites (Arabs), Africans, Orientals, Mongolians, and anyone whose blood was 'not akin (artverwandt) to German bloods.'
The original laws claimed they were so structured that they excluded Jews without 'causing hardship.' But, of course, the lawyer, architect, government official, or businessman who could not be accredited or licensed by the state was facing extreme hardship. Here is the original explanation of the laws given in 1935 by Reichsminister Frick: The Reichscitizenship Law for the Protection of the Blood as well as the attached regulations shall not have the purpose of lowering the standing of members of the Jewish people because of their (exclusion from) membership in the national community. Instead, the exclusion of Jews from official German life and the prevention of racial mixing are imperatively necessary to secure the continuation of the German people's existence. Jews in Germany shall not be prevented from pursuing a livelihood. However, the fate of Germany shall in the future be solely in the hands of the German people. " (Weitz, 95-96) Work Cited: Weitz, John. Hitler's Diplomat: The Life and Times of Joachim von Ribbentrop. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1992 Ironic, don't you think? Gannon and Company can claim that the Nazis were not racist in their application of the relevant law, and cite Frick until the cows come home....Just protecting the "blood," you know. Followup to alt.revisionism.
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