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WWII German poster: Nuremberg laws

Nuremberg laws

The Nuremberg Laws of 1935 defined who was a Jew. It classified people with four German grandparents as German. A person with three to four Jewish grandparent was classified as Jewish. Someone with two Jewish grandparents was considered mixed-blood.

The Nuremberg Laws denied German citizenship to Jews and prohibited marriage between those classified as Jews and those classified as Germans. This chart explains the Nuremberg Laws. The black circles represent Jewish blood. The right 2 columns represent a descendant from 3 to 4 Jewish grandparents. The middle column represents descendant of mixed-race. The chart also lists allowed and forbidden marriages.

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