The Law of Blood: Thinking and Acting as a Nazi by Johann ChapoutotThe scale and the depth of Nazi brutality seem to defy understanding. What could drive people to fight, kill, and destroy with such ruthless ambition? Observers and historians have offered countless explanations since the 1930s. According to Johann Chapoutot, we need to understand better how the Nazis explained it themselves. We need a clearer view, in particular, of how they were steeped in and spread the idea that history gave them no choice: it was either kill or die.
Chapoutot, one of Frances leading historians, spent years immersing himself in the texts and images that reflected and shaped the mental world of Nazi ideologues, and that the Nazis disseminated to the German public. The party had no official ur-text of ideology, values, and history. But a clear narrative emerges from the myriad works of intellectuals, apparatchiks, journalists, and movie-makers that Chapoutot explores.
The story went like this: In the ancient world, the Nordic-German race lived in harmony with the laws of nature. But since Late Antiquity, corrupt foreign norms and values--Jewish values in particular--had alienated Germany from itself and from all that was natural. The time had come, under the Nazis, to return to the fundamental law of blood. Germany must fight, conquer, and procreate, or perish. History did not concern itself with right and wrong, only brute necessity. A remarkable work of scholarship and insight, The Law of Blood recreates the chilling ideas and outlook that would cost millions their lives.
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The book is a comprehensive study of the cultural, legal, and political underpinnings that resulted in a government that promoted the superiority of the German-Nordic race and the purity of the Aryan bloodline. This account is excellent at showing the links between those notions and the Holocaust, as well as at elucidating the legal rulings that disregarded individual rights. Much of its attention is focused on the Nazi legal system, which regarded accused criminals as guilty if they were deemed unfit members of the Aryan bloodline and decided they deserved to die in the name of racial purity. The Holocaust in part arose from the same racism; Jewish populations were regarded as subhuman and compared to bacteria by a government that considered their extermination essential. Although the book does not reveal much new information about Nazi life, its strength is in how it shows the way that Nazi lies and propaganda were eagerly accepted by the German masses.
Jus sanguinis Latin : right of blood is a principle of nationality law by which citizenship is determined or acquired by the nationality of one or both parents. Children at birth may automatically be citizens of a particular state if either or both of their parents have citizenship of that state or national identities of ethnic, cultural, or other origins. Today, almost all states apply jus sanguinis in their nationality laws to varying degrees, one exception being the Vatican City State. Some countries extend this right on an equal basis to the mother. Some apply this right irrespective of the place of birth, while others may limit to those born in the state.