Jewish Journal


October 7, 2010

Original Nuremberg documents on display


The original documents of the Nuremberg Laws were placed on display at the National Archives in Washington.

The papers, believed to be the only copies of the laws to exist, were transferred in August from the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in California.

Gen. George Patton was given the papers by U.S. soldiers who found them in a German bank vault; Patton disobeyed orders by taking them out of Germany. He gave the documents to the Huntington in 1945.

Hitler signed the laws, which codified the systematic extermination of Jews in Nazi Germany, in 1935.

The pages specify what made a person Jewish. Those who were defined as Jewish were stripped of their German citizenship.

The laws were broken into three broad categories that included forbidding intermarriage or cohabitation between Aryans and Jews and establishing the swastika flag for Germany.

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