The Schellberg cycle is a set of stories set in war-torn Europe in the 1940s: all about the Holocaust and life in Germany and England, from the perspective of one group of family and friends.
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
The Blood Laws Blutschutzgesetz
These were invented in 1935. They determined whether you were Jewish or not. here are some examples:
If your parents and grandparents were all German - you were safe - you were German.
If your parents and grandparents were all Jewish, you were not safe. You were definitely Jewish.
If you had two grandparents and one parent who was Jewish you were a Mischling of the first degree. This applied to Renate. She had two Jewish grandparents and a Jewish parent. Her mother and her mother's parents were Jewish It didn't matter that her grandparents had converted to Christianity. They are Blut - bllod laws.
Interestingly some orthodox Jews welcomed these as they gave a solid definition of who was Jewish.
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