How the Nazis Were Inspired by Jim Crow

History (05/20/2019)
  • When the Nazis set out to discriminate and disenfranchise Germany’s Jews (1930s), they closely studied the racist Jim Crow segregation laws prevalent in the US.
  • The Nazis admired how Black people were systematically marginalized across America.
  • However, the Nazis felt they had to be more “severe” since some Jews were already “rich and powerful”.
  • Nazi Germany adopted anti-miscegnation laws similar to America’s that prevented Jews from marrying non-Jews.
  • The Nazis decreed that a Jewish person was anyone with three or more Jewish grandparents.