Eric Ehrenreich has investigated the evolution of German genealogy from the late nineteenth century up to 1945, linking it to the mounting racist prejudices in the scientific community, to the Nazi regime, and to the murder of Europe's Jews. By dint of meticulous research, the author has produced a significant accomplishment. After they seized power in 1933 the Nazis decreed that all Germans must document their genealogy and obtain an "ancestral proof" that they indeed were "Aryan." The latter term was a sort of euphemism for "not Jewish." Genealogy in this context became one more weapon in the war against "Jewry."
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