SOC802 Ryerson University  Issues in War and Peace  Peter Wronski
  Humanitarian Intervention in the Age of Total War 1939 - 1945

NSDAPNationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei –
 ( Nazi) – 
[ National Socialist German Workers’ Party ]

 The Third Reich (1933 - 1945)

The New Order

"Volk" - The Racial Soul

Racial Laws "Race Pollution"

  • Law for the Protection of German Blood and Honor  September 15, 1935  ("Blood Laws" or "Nuremberg Laws)

Reich Citizenship Law, November 14, 1935  (Defines "Jew")

A Jew is:

·        A.  descended from at least three Jewish grandparents (Full or ¾ Jew)

·        B.  A Half-Jew descended from two Jewish grandparents, and:

·        a) Belonging to the Jewish community on or after September 15, 1935; or

·        b) married to a Jew on or after September 15, 1935; or

·        c) an offspring of a marriage contracted with a ¾ or full Jew after the Law for the Protection of German Blood and Honor came into effect (September 15, 1935); or

·        d) an offspring of an extramarital relationship with a ¾ or full Jew and born out of wedlock after July 31, 1936.

A Half Jew – (a Mischlinge ) is:

  ·        anyone who descended from two Jewish grandparents but who:

    A) did not adhere to the Jewish religion on or before Sept 15


     B) was not married to a Jew

    and is classified as Mischlinge of the first degree

  •   anyone who descended from one Jewish grandparent,
      is classified as
    Mischlinge of the second degree


National Census (1933 & 1939)

Reich Office of Statistics


Hollerith Machine - 
Deutsche Hollerrith Machine Gesellschaft (Dehomag) 

Racial Hygiene

Human Betterment Foundation – USA


Compulsory Sterilization

Alberta Eugenics Board -- compulsory sterilization of 2,832 Canadians (1929 -1972)  

Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring (July 14, 1933) -- taking effect January 1, 1934

Hereditary Health Courts

Alfred Hoche & Karl Binding, Authorization of the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life (1920)

Hitler's Authorization for the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life, October 1939 (Formally September 1, 1939.)

Medical Murder

"The hypodermic belongs in the hand of the physician."

Hippocratic Oath - "Do no harm."

Killing Centers (Gas Chambers - Carbon Monoxide)

The Police State

SS Schutzstaffel

SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler

Total War (Totalkrieg)

Racial War

Einsatzgruppen (einsatzkommandos)

Perpetration Induced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(Perpetration Induced PTSD)

Gas Vans

concentration camp vs annihilation camp
(extermination camps)

Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka

"Reinhard[t] Camps"

Aktion Reinhardt (Aktion Reinhard)

I.G. Farben Industrie


'Ramp Selection'

Therapia Magna Auschwitzciense

Medicalization of Genocide






Nuremberg Race Laws