‘Half-victims’? Jewish ‘Mischlinge’ in the Third Reich, 1933-1945 – Dr Jean Marc Dreyfus, 3 December 2020

Mischling: the contrasted destiny of ‘half-jews’ in the Third Reich, between persecution and survival

We are delighted to be hosting Jean-Marc Dreyfus on 3 December for the Sam Johnson Memorial Lecture.

‘Mischling’ : the contrasted destiny of ‘half-Jews’ in the Third Reich, between persecution and survival Nazi policy obsessively classified people. With the Nuremburg racial laws of September 1935, the status of ‘half-blood’ Jews, whether of ‘first’ or ‘second degree’, was inscribed in the German civil code. At least 700 000 Germans fell into those categories and were submitted to severe legal restrictions. At the end of the war, many were interned in labour camps. We now know that they survived; the final decision on their fate remained pending. This presentation will describe the state of the research on the topic of ‘half-Jews’ in Germany and also the difficult memory of their persecution. Jean-Marc Dreyfus is Reader in Holocaust Studies at the University of Manchester. His last book (in French), describes the life story of Vollrath von Maltzan, a ‘Mischling’ who became the first West-German ambassador to Paris after WWII.

Jean-Marc Dreyfus is Reader in Holocaust Studies at the University of Manchester. His last book (in French), describes the life story of Vollrath von Maltzan, a ‘Mischling’ who became the first West-German ambassador to Paris after WWII.

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