How did they know who was Jewish?

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In Nuremburg in 1935 the Nazis created a set of laws based on race. According to these laws the Nazis determined who was Jewish.

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It didn’t matter to them that many Jews in Germany considered themselves to be German. These laws were created because the Nazis believed that Germans were ‘racially superior’ and Jews ‘inferior’. 

Ethnicity determined

According to the laws ethnicity not religion was the determining factor. Whoever had 3 or 4 Jewish grandparents was Jewish. If you were Jewish you were stripped of your German citizenship. Jews were not allowed to marry Germans. Carrying identity papers was compulsory. All Jewish women were given the extra name ‘Sara’ in their identity papers and men the name ‘Israel’.

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Mention here that these laws were also enforced in countries that Germany occupied from 1939.

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