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Dr. Karl Schleunes

    GREENSBORO, N.C. Dr. Karl Schleunes, a professor of history at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has written a book detailing some of the early steps that led to the Holocaust.

"Legislating the Holocaust"  takes a look at the Nuremberg laws and how they systematically began separating Jews from Germans. The laws, promulgated in 1935 by Hitler's National Socialist regime, redefined German Jews as non-citizens and banned Jews from any political participation. These laws on German citizenship and for the "protection of German blood and honor" prohibited Jews from marrying German citizens, having extramarital relations with German citizens or raising the German flag.

"I wanted to shed some light on how the Nazi system functioned and what laws they found important to put into effect," Schleunes said.

A chapter of "Legislating the Holocaust" contains a memoir written by Bernhard Loesener, the man who drafted these the Nuremberg laws, he said. The transcript of his testimony at the Nuremberg trials and transcripts of the laws and supplementary decrees also are included in the book.

Schleunes, who has been a UNCG faculty member since 1971, teaches about modern Germany and the Holocaust. He expects readers of "Legislating the Holocaust" to gain new knowledge and insight into the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of six million Jews.

Originally from Wisconsin, he received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota. He also has studied at the University of Berlin. His other publications include "The Twisted Road to Auschwitz: Nazi Policy Toward German Jews, 1933-1939" and "Schooling and Society: The Politics of Education in Prussia and Bavaria, 1750-1900."


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