The Nuremberg Laws

The Nuremberg Race Laws were adopted on September 15, 1935 at the Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg. The objective was to exclude anyone whom the National Socialists did not consider to belong to the ‘national community’ (Volksgemeinschaft) and thereby create a homogenous, ‘racially pure’ society. The provisions included a ban on marriage and sexual relations outside marriage between people defined as Jews and those defined as non-Jews. These laws provided the National Socialists with a legally binding basis for their antisemitic and racist ideology and overturned the principle of equality before the law.