I don’t know, but we noticed the other year that if my friend Moishe had lived during the Nazi regime, he would have gotten six out of seven triangles (he’s a ‘mentally ill’ gay ex-Jewish Gypsy with odd political views who has committed a crime.) He jokes that they would have spent the whole war sewing triangles on him and they never would have got around to killing him.
It states that the “Reich Citizenship Act” defined a person as “Jewish” if they had two grandparents defined as “completely Jewish.”
I can’t tell if this definition was later used as the model for execution. I do notice that it is explicit in excusing those with only one completely Jewish grandparent, as Hitler himself may well have had.
I’m part Irish/German. HOWEVER, my great grandfather’s name was Salaman. He swore his family wasn’t Jewish, however, he came from the Carpathian mountains, an area that had a large Jewish population, I believe. More importantly, he was one of those filthy Polish. And my other great grandparents on that side (mom’s side), were Hungarian and Slovak. So they were all Magyar/Slavic. Slavs were inferior.
Think they would’ve been there?
(BTW, I’m actually PROUD of the fact that Hitler wouldn’t like my ancestry!)
The Nazis were also flexible in who they decided to slaughter. There were a lot of non-Jews executed in the concentration camps. If you were tagged as undesirable, they’d find a reason to ship you off.
I just watched a program on TLC last night about a family that lived in a Sewer in Poland for 16 months. It was horrifying. The show said that of 1 million Jewish children in Poland, only 5000 survived the war. 995 out of every thousand children died.
Re: Being flexible: I understand E. Milch, head of Lufthansa at the time of Hitler’s accession to power had a Jewish parent. This would have made him more than Jew enough to be considered undesirable under the Nazi laws. But he liked his job (even after it became a part of the Luftwaffe), and they liked the way he did it. So he was allowed to become the retroactively illegitimate child of an unnamed “Aryan” vice the Jewish parent.
I am sure the Holocaust museum has a copy of the chart the Nazis used to explain the law of who was 99 44/100% pure.
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Someone on the boards referred to this site. Among other things it shows how the German government informed the public wrt various degrees of “Mischlingen” (mixed Aryan/non-Aryans), and which
marriages were permitted and which were not. The tone of the announcements was almost light, as if they were discussing nothing more serious than traffic regulations.
In light of what it all portended it’s startling to say the least.
Is your friend really part Gypsy, or just identifies with the lifestyle traditionally associated with Gypsies/Roma? I just see such possibilities for a really bad sitcom about a gay Canadian dealing with his overprotective Jewish mom and his freewheeling Gypsy dad.
If y’all ever get a chance, check out the novel Stones From The River by Ursula Hegi. The protagonist is a dwarf–a proper Aryan dwarf, but a dwarf nevertheless. Her Aryan heritage protects her, but she knows that the Nazis will eventually come for her because she is “undesirable.” It’s a really interesting story.