Hitler and genealogy

+8 votes
I have read that Hitler required the population to trace their families back to 1800 to prove their lines free of Jewish blood.  Data supposed to have ended up as a card file.  Is this true, and if so, what became of the information?
in The Tree House by Christine Henderson G2G6 Mach 1 (12.2k points)
Thanks so much everyone.  There is just no end to the abuse suffered by the victims of the Nazi era.

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+9 votes
It is true. We came across one last year. A copy of the card stayed with the family so they could produce it on demand. They were called Ahnenpass and you can occasionally find them for sale as ephemera. The one we found was given to someone who teaches German genealogy classes.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (447k points)
Thank you.  Now that I have a word to search, I do not find reference to a master file.  Surely if there were one the LDS would have found it by now.
+3 votes

I found some information in Life and Death in the Third Reich (2009) by Peter Fritzsche. According to the author, blank forms were purchased in bookshops and filled out, with things like baptismal certificates, insurance cards, divorce records. Then it would be notarized by a church official or a civil registrar. So I don't think there was necessarily an official register with copies.

(There are also cases of officials 'cooking the books' for people who were "genetic undesirables" and giving them an official, fake, genealogy)

Even wilder, just having an Ahnenpass wasn't the be-all, end-all: people were also required to get certificates of genetic health, and those found to be 'deficient' could be sterilized, whether they were Aryan or not.

by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (244k points)
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In Sep 1935 the so-called Nuremberg Laws were announced. Because of that everybody had to document his genealogy up to the second greatgrandparents in the "Ahnenpass". My German grandparents had to fill the Ahnenpass, when they  wanted to get married. I have them beside other certificates my grandfather collected which are the foundation of my family genealogy.

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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