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4 Racial and Family Law in the Netherlands during the German Occupation

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This chapter addresses the question: To what extent were Dutch marriage and divorce law influenced by National Socialism during the German occupation of the Netherlands? It starts with an overview of the existing marriage and divorce regulations at the time the Netherlands was occupied as well as the running discussion with regard to a possible revision of divorce law and the attempts made. In this respect the chapter also deals with the application of the Nuremberg Laws in the Netherlands between 1935 and 1940. It discusses the period of the occupation. The chapter starts with a short overview of the law of occupation and the administrative situation of occupied Netherlands. Subsequently it deals with the family and divorce law measures implemented by the occupying forces. In that respect the chapter also deals with the attempts to revise Dutch divorce law during the occupation.

Keywords: Dutch divorce law; Dutch marriage; family law; German occupation; National Socialism; Nuremberg Laws



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