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Pre-Nazi Racism

During the nineteenth century, the concept of "race theory" was introduced. This theory was based on a system of hierarchy, which categorized people into groups and races. Racism was influenced by the progress in the natural and life sciences and evolved as a pseudo-scientific worldview. A central component in racism, which was inclined to regard the Jews as a separate race, no longer considered religious conversion an option, since it maintained that their traits were genetic and thus unalterable. Furthermore, by assimilating into society, they were liable to "defile non-Jewish blood".

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Documents 2
Lexicon Entries 3
Research 11
Testimonies 1
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