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ON THIS DAY: 15 SEPTEMBER 1935: Nuremburg laws passed

Two new laws were passed in Germany, on this day, September 15th, 1935.

The first replaced the flag of Germany with the Nazi Party swastika.

The second was a package of measures, known as the Nuremburg laws, that deprived Jews of German citizenship.

The laws also made it illegal for a Jew to marry a German citizen. Any Jews who were married to Germans had their marriages forcibly annulled by the state. Jews were forbidden to employ female German citizens under the age of 45, for fear that they would impregnate them. Jews were banned from flying the national flag, or displaying any German colours.

Breach of the Nuremburg laws was to be punished with “hard labour”. This, in effect, paved the way for the concentration camps.

Many Jews left Germany in the aftermath of the Nuremburg laws. Persecution of their people continued to worsen, until, in 1942, the Nazi party took the decision to murder the Jewish people in the holocaust.

The Nuremburg laws, passed on this day, September 15th, 1935, in Germany.

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