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Document split into two pieces, "REICHSVEREINIGUNG DER JUDEN IN DEUTSCHLAND" written at the top in black print, tan, worn paper, writing in red in top right corner, "31" written in blue in top right corner, lower piece of document has "J" underlined in black print and red ink
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: The Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland (originally called Reichsvertretung der Deutschen Juden ) was an umbrella organization established in 1933 to manage all aspects of Jewish life in Nazi Germany. The Nazis, specifically the RSHA , forced the organization to change its name in 1935 to accommodate the Nuremberg laws and the understanding that Jews were no longer citizens of Germany. By the time of this document the name was changed again to the Association of Jews in Germany due to changes in the organization. The organization was chiefly concerned with emigration and survival until emigration was banned in 1941. The Association also organized a network of Jewish schools, as Jews were expelled from German public schools. Throughout its history, the Association was headed by Rabbi Leo Baeck until he himself was transported to Theresienstadt. This document was sent to all Jewish professionals advising that the RHSA must issue and maintain identification on individuals, which identification must have a “J” on the document. Additionally, professional services, consistent with the Nuremberg laws, may only be provided to Jews.
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Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland, Reichsvertretung der Deutschen Juden, Rabbi Leo Baeck, Theresienstadt
1933-1938: Nazification and Early Stages of Persecution: Identification, Expropriation and Aryanization; and Emigration; First Concentration Camps; Sterilization and Euthanasia Program; Internment Camps
"Reich Association of Jews in Germany Notice" (1939). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2019.2.5ab.