The Third Reich
From citizens to outcasts
Antisemitism was a central feature of Nazi policy. Once in power the Nazis began to persecute Jews because of the so-called biological inferiority of the Jewish ‘race’ and their supposed conspiracy to dominate the world.
In order to protect Germans against Jews, Germany had to be made Judenrein. This was to be achieved through a series of repressive laws and decrees, which segregated and excluded Jews from the political, social, economic and educational, sporting life in Germany. The Nuremberg laws of 1935 defined who was a Jew. All those born of at least one Jewish grandparent, even converts to Christianity, were considered ‘racially impure’ and stripped of citizenship.