chapter  9
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A German Jewish woman describes her experience in the early Nazi years

The new laws promulgated at the Nuremberg party conference set the entire life of the Jews living in Germany not only before new tasks but also on a new plane altogether. If [in promulgating these laws] the German government was acting according to the intention of the Führer and Chancellor ‘. . . to create a plane . . . upon which the German people could fi nd a tolerable relationship with the Jewish people’, these laws govern mainly the areas in which the German people does not wish to maintain relations. The fundamental positive constitutional idea [embodied in the laws] is to be found not in the legislation itself but in a commentary [on them] by the editor of the German News Agency. [It is] defi ned by the concept ‘minority’ . . .