Law for the Protection of German Blood (1935)


The Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honour was one of the two Nuremberg Laws, unveiled by Hitler and implemented in September 1935:


“Thoroughly convinced by the knowledge that the purity of German blood is essential for the further existence of the German people and animated by the inflexible will to safe-guard the German nation for the entire future, the Reichstag has resolved upon the following law unanimously, which is promulgated herewith:

Section One

1. Marriages between Jews and nationals of German or kindred blood are forbidden. Marriages concluded in defiance of this law are void, even if, for the purpose of evading this law, they are concluded abroad.

2. Proceedings for annulment may be initiated only by the Public Prosecutor.

Section Two

Relations outside marriage between Jews and nationals of German or kindred blood are forbidden.

Section Three

Jews will not be permitted to employ female nationals of German or kindred blood in their households.

Section Four

1. Jews are forbidden to hoist the Reich and national flag and to present the colours of the Reich.

2. On the other hand they are permitted to present the Jewish colours. The exercise of this authority is protected by the State.

Section Five

1. A person who acts contrary to the prohibition of Section One will be punished with hard labour.

2. A person who acts contrary to the prohibition of Section Two will be punished with imprisonment or with hard labour.

3. A person who acts contrary to the provisions of Section Three or Four will be punished with imprisonment up to a year and with a fine or with one of these penalties.

Section Six

The Reich Minister of the Interior in agreement with the Deputy of the Fuhrer will issue the legal and administrative regulations which are required for the implementation and supplementation of this law.

Section Seven

The law will become effective on the day after the promulgation, however section 3 will become effective January 1st 1936.”