MembersNon-Aryan Jewish Christians Under Nazism

The Nazis hated the Jews, but what to do with those Jews who believe in Jesus, or those who converted to the state-approved Christian religion?

By Gershon Nerel | | Topics: MESSIANIC JEWS
Jews who believed in Jesus were still persecuted by the Nazis
Photo: Anat Hermony/FLASH90

What to do with those Jews who believe in Jesus?

In the 1930s and during the Second World War, the Nazis labeled Jewish Yeshua-believers (JYB) by the designation Non-Aryan Christians. Substantially, according to Nazi racial reasoning there was no difference between JYB and other Jews. Those who were only partly Aryan with Jewish blood in their veins and adopted the faith in Messiah Yeshua were considered by the Nazis as Mischlinge, or “hybrid Jewish Christians.” In those years the baptized Jews, as they were also called, were hated, persecuted and exterminated like other Jews, whether they converted to Protestantism or to Catholicism. 

Under Nazism, conversion to the state-controlled religion could not save a person as it often had during the Middle Ages or in the Spanish Inquisition. Subject to the racial laws of the Third Reich, the convert was still a Jew and had to be treated accordingly. The Nazis made it very clear that because the Jewish question was a racial issue, the Jewish biological character as...

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