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National Socialist Family Law: The Influence of National Socialism on Marriage and Divorce Law in Germany and the Netherlands

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ISBN13: 9789004279308
Published: November 2014
Publisher: Brill Nijhoff
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £111.00



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In National Socialist Family Law, Mariken Lenaerts analyses the possible influence of National Socialism on marriage and divorce law in Germany and the Netherlands. As the family was regarded the germ-cell of the nation, the Nazis made many changes in German and Dutch marriage and divorce law to suit their purpose of a thousand-year Aryan Reich. By making extensive use of archival resources, Mariken Lenaerts gives an overview of the most important changes adopted in marriage and divorce law by the Nazis and proves that although daily marital life in both countries was highly influenced by National Socialism, marriage and divorce law did not become National Socialist.

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Subjects:
Legal History, European Jurisdictions, Germany
Contents:
List of Figures
Preface

1. Introduction
1.1 Family Law during the Nazi Era
1.2 Research Questions and Scope of this Research
1.3 Sources
1.4 Structure of the Research
1.5 Translation of Terminology

2. Family Policy according to National Socialism
2.1 Introduction
2.2 The Origins of National Socialism
2.3 The Position of Jews in Germany
2.4 The Development of Family Policy in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
2.5 The Nazi Era
2.6 Conclusion

3. National Socialist Racial and Family Law in Germany
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Family Law in the Weimar Republic
3.4 March 1933-August 1935: re-interpreting the law
3.5 The Nuremberg Laws
3.6 Keeping the Aryan Race Healthy – the Marriage Health Law
3.7 The New Matrimonial Law for the New Germany
3.8 Conclusion

4. Racial and Family Law in the Netherlands during the German Occupation
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Dutch Family Law before the German Occupation
4.3 Years of Occupation
4.4 Conclusion

5. Conclusion
5.1 National Socialism – the family as germ cell of the nation
5.2 National Socialism in practice
5.3 National Socialist family law?

Bibliography
Internet sources
Archival source list
Table of Legislation
Table of Cases
Index