• proving ancestry in Nazi Germany

    From Megan Lewis mlewis@ushmm.org@21:1/5 to All on Wed Aug 28 14:00:03 2019
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    During the Nazi era Germans had to complete Ahnenpaess (racial passports) to prove their Aryan blood for a variety of daily activities. For example
    starting in 1936 people wanting to get married needed completed Ahnenpasses before the marriage could place.

    Each person completed their own Ahnenpass and the information required went back into the 1800s. The form was sold at stationary stores for a few pfennigs.

    For more information see "The Nazi census: identification and control in the Third Reich" by Gotz Aly and Karl Heinz Roth.

    The Netherlands had a central registry office which identified individuals by religion but I don't know if it was used for proving Aryan heritage in the same way as the Ahnenpass. Information on other countries requires research that I do not have the time to do.

    -Megan Lewis

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