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Nazism in Germany

Nazi Racial Policy

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"Nazism was “applied biology,” stated Hitler deputy Rudolf Hess. During the Third Reich, a politically extreme, antisemitic variation of eugenics determined the course of state policy. Hitler’s regime touted the “Nordic race” as its eugenic ideal and attempted to mold Germany into a cohesive national community that excluded anyone deemed hereditarily “less valuable” or “racially foreign."

Reference: The Biological State: Nazi Racial Hygiene, 1933–1939. (n.d.).Retrieved from https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId= 10007057

The persecution of Jews, both in Germany and throughout Europe, formed the largest part of the Nazi's racial policy and ultimately lead to the Holocaust. However, Jews were not the only groups that the Nazis deemed 'inferior'. The resources below and in the right column provide information on Nazi policy and how it affected different groups. 

EXPLORE FURTHER

The documentary below explores the Nazi policy of Lebensborn, an attempt to breed the perfect Aryan race. It examines Nazi's view on genetics, the SS and the brainwashing of 'lebensborn' children.