Reich Citizenship Law (1935)


The Reich Citizenship Law, one of the infamous Nuremberg Laws, was publicly announced by Hitler and passed by the Reichstag in September 1935:


Article One

1. A subject of the state is one who belongs to the protective union of the German Reich, and who, therefore, has specific obligations to the Reich.

2. The status of subject is to be acquired in accordance with the provisions of the Reich and the state Citizenship Law.

Article Two

1. A citizen of the Reich may be only one who is of German or kindred blood, and who, through his behaviour, shows that he is both desirous and personally fit to serve loyally the German people and the Reich.

2. The right to citizenship is obtained by the grant of Reich citizenship papers.

3. Only the citizen of the Reich may enjoy full political rights in consonance with the provisions of the laws.

Article Three

The Reich Minister of the Interior, in conjunction with the Deputy to the Fuhrer, will issue the required legal and administrative decrees for the implementation and amplification of this law.”

Passed September 16th 1935.
To come into effect September 30th 1935.