By Karl Radl
When you challenge individuals in the Alt-Right who claim to be part non-White or to have a part non-White partner or spouse, you will very quickly run into the claim that the Nuremberg laws, which were enacted by Adolf Hitler and formed the foundation of the Third Reich’s incomplete drive to create a racially-based state, allowed inclusion of mixed-race individuals and that therefore participation of mixed-race individuals in the Alt-Right is acceptable.
The problem with this position is threefold:
Firstly, the Nuremberg Laws of 1935 were an initial legal definition of who was to be defined as a German citizen and who was not. Specifically, the laws were targeted at defining the point at which an individual was defined in legal, not racial, terms as Jewish or German.
In other words, the Nuremberg laws were a legal document separating citizens from non-citizens based upon ancestry for the purposes of the law. It was not an endorsement of the idea that if someone had only one Jewish grandparent, then that grandparent’s Jewishness didn’t matter. It still made them mischlinge (i.e. mixed-race Jews), but the second degree rather than the first degree. This is what many of those using the Nuremberg laws as some kind of litmus test of who is and who is not White fail to comprehend. Mischlinge with even one Jewish grandparent were still mixed-race, but were treated in broad legal terms as German. There were therefore many requests for reinvestigation and reclassification from first degree mischlinge (two Jewish grandparents) looking to be classed as second degree mischlinge (one Jewish grandparent).
Secondly, the laws applied to the differentiation of who was legally Jewish and who was legally German, thus establishing who was a citizen of the country as a whole. They were not applied more widely because there simply were not many citizens of Germany at the time who weren’t either European or Jewish.
The most notable example of this were the Rhineland Bastards, who were the offspring of rape and/or sexual degeneracy resulting from the deliberate use of Black troops by the French to occupy the Rhineland in 1919. These mixed-race individuals were not dealt with under the Nuremberg Laws of 1935 but rather under the 1933 Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring. The Rhineland Bastards were not treated as German citizens, but rather as a racial danger to the state. They were arrested and forcibly sterilized under the supervision of the foremost German anthropologist of the time, Professor Eugen Fischer.
In other words, the Nuremberg Laws were to define at what point a phenotypically similar but genetically dissimilar small alien population that had a long history of intermarriage and interbreeding with the host population was classified legally as German or Jewish. Thus, they were not meant for nor applied to mixed-race individuals without Jewish ancestry who were German residents. These were dealt with separately as a threat to the German national integrity rather than being allowed to live and reproduce within the Third Reich, as many of AltRight wish to fantasize. They were arrested, sterilized, and subjected to intense social shame.
Therefore, citing the Nuremberg Laws to define who is and who is not mixed-race outside of the Jewish question is disingenuous and, in essence, a falsehood because the Nuremberg laws didn’t apply to such individuals, nor were they created in the context of a multiracial state. They were conceived as a way of rooting out and legally classifying Jewishness within an almost completely homogenous German culture and society.
In fact, if we are to take the Third Reich as our touchstone for defining who is and who is not White, it would mean that anyone who is mixed-race – ½, 1/4 or 1/8- should not only be treated as a non-White, but promptly excluded from society, arrested, sterilized and then probably deported back to their national home rather than being welcomed as fellow racial nationalists.
Thirdly and lastly, we have to understand that the Third Reich was operating in the world of genetics that existed before the discovery of DNA and used Mendelian inheritance to understand race. The Reich was thus more lenient in terms of definition that we can be today with our deeper understanding of inheritance and the relationship between genotype and phenotype. If we do not apply this deeper understanding and more stringent genetic framework to the question of race we are guilty not only of misrepresenting the inheritance of the Third Reich, but also denying the simple scientific reality that a mixed-race individual is a mixed-race individual, rather than a ¾ White person.