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3 National Socialist Racial and Family Law in Germany

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This chapter gives an overview of the changes made by the National Socialists in Germany with regard to marriage and divorce law. It looks at what marriage and divorce law contained before the National Socialist takeover in 1933. The chapter gives an overview of marriage and divorce law as laid down in the German Civil Code of 1900. It deals successively with the rules concerning the conclusion of marriage, annulment of marriage, and dissolution of marriage. The chapter deals with the changes made during the Nazi period. It starts with the initial period of National Socialism, in which laws were not so much changed, but re-interpreted according to the new 'general national principles'. The chapter examines the changes made in marriage and divorce law by the Reich Citizenship Law, the Blood Protection Law, the Marriage Health Law (all of 1935) and the Marriage Law of 1938.

Keywords: Blood Protection Law; divorce law; general national principles; German Civil Code; Marriage Health Law; Marriage Law; marriage law; National Socialists; Reich Citizenship Law



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