Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-1-2016

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

John Rector

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks

Abstract

On September 15, 1935 the Nazi party announced a new series of laws codes that legally cemented the principles of Nazi ideology: The Nuremberg Laws. Written by Bernhard Loesener and Wilhelm Stuckart, the Nuremberg Laws were composed of many parts and this paper will focus on two specific sub-articles. One, the “Reich Citizenship Law” revoked the status of Jews as legal citizens and created the framework the Nazis would use to persecute by defining what it meant to be German or Jewish; later the laws were expanded by the Nazis to label minorities as non-German citizens. The “Laws of the Protection of Hereditary Health” stated that anyone the Nazis deemed as carrying inheritable diseases would be forced to undergo sterilization. The “Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor” outlawed marriage between Germans and Jews. These laws established a foundation for a eugenics program that the Nazi doctors performed on inmates in T-4 centers and later in concentration camps from 1939 to 1945.

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