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Object ID

2019.2.196

Object Name

Register, Marriage

Date

1939

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Description

Small, rust-colored book with eagle emblem and “DEUTSCHES EINHEITS:FAMILIENT-STAMBUCH” etched in gold print on cover, inside front cover includes two yellow postage stamps, 56 pages.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: The Stammbuch, issued by the local register office, included family names- both surnames and maiden names- occupations, birth and marriage particulars, names of children, church affiliations, information on the parents of the spouses, their nationalities, etc. Collecting this information was consistent with the importance of racial ideology and genealogy in Nazi Germany, and important and influential instrument in the overall emphasis on racial pride and the importance of being an Aryan.

This Stammbuch was completed by a German woman named Emma Paula Finkbeiner, born in Karlsruhe in 1907, and married to businessman Adolf Gustave Zender, also born in 1907. Their marriage certificate is included. Birth certificates of their children Horst and Siegrid are here as well. Mr. Zender reports on his racial classification that he is an Aryan, not Jewish.

On page 46, marriage impediments are enumerated, including racial difference, disability, hereditary disease, adultery, etc.

Page 50 details the racial meaning of the Jew according to the Nuremberg Race Laws of 1935; i.e., anyone with three or four Jewish grandparents irrespective of whether the person identifies as a Jew or belongs to the community of Jews. Jews were thus to be excluded from Reich citizenship for racial and not religious reasons, and thus not allowed to marry or have sexual relations with persons of German blood.

Dimensions

8 1/4 x 5 1/4"

Keywords

Stammbuch, Emma Finkbeiner, Gustav Zender, Nuremberg Race Laws

Subcollection

1933-1938: Nazification and Early Stages of Persecution: Identification, Expropriation and Aryanization; and Emigration; First Concentration Camps; Sterilization and Euthanasia Program; Internment Camps

Familien-Stammbuch, or German Family Register, Issued to Newlyweds on the Day of Marriage

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