Primary Sources

The Holocaust provides a wealth of primary sources to examine how genocide unfolded in Eastern Europe.  The Nazis spent years reshaping their government and constructing a society around the idea of racial purity.  By examining primary source material, it is easy to see this progression. The following are made available (in English translation) for researchers, students, teachers, and anyone with an interest in this time period.  

25 Points of the NSDAP (1920s)

Law to Remove the Distress of People and State (24 March 1933)

Law for the Reestablishment of the Professional Civil Service (7 April 1933)

Law Regarding Admission to the Bar (7 April 1933)

Law for the Prevention of Offspring with Hereditary Diseases (14 July 1933)

Law Regarding the Sovereign Head of the German Reich (1 August 1934)

Order of Protective Custody (29 August 1935)

Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor (15 September 1935)

Reich Citizenship Law (15 Sept 1935)

The Second Decree for the Execution of the Law Regarding the Change of the Surnames and Forenames (17 August 1938)

Law on Passports of Jews (5 October 1938)

Measures Against Jews Tonight (10 November 1938)


Order Eliminating Jews from German Economic Life (12 November 1938)

Letter from Hitler to Karl Brandt (1 September 1939)

Letter from Dr. Conti to the Mental Hopsital in Kaufbeuren (16 November 1939)

Solution to the Jewish Problem (31 July 1941) 

Directive on the Treatment of Jews in Ostland (13 August 1941)

Letter from Bishop of Limburg to the Reich Minister of Justice (13 August 1941) 

Police Decree on Identification of Jews (1 September 1941)

Aktion 14 f 13 in the Concentration Camps (1943)

Order Extending Euthanasia to Insane Eastern Workers (6 September 1944)

Gerhard Schmidt Testimony on the Euthanasia Program (1946)

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