Why the Nazis Believed They Were Superior to Other Races

The Nuremberg Laws structured racial identity in Nazi Germany.

Sal
Lessons from History
5 min readJun 12, 2024

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Adolf Hitler delivering a speech at the Kroll Opera House | Image Source: Wikimedia Commons (Attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183–1987–0703–507 / unbekannt / CC-BY-SA 3.0)

The Nazi Party in Germany was infamous for its absolutely despicable fascist beliefs and ideologies. One of the components of their belief system was that certain races were superior to others, and they looked down upon black and Slavic people, as well as Jews, whom they considered a separate race.

So you’d be surprised to learn that under direct orders from SS leader Heinrich Himmler, the Germans kidnapped, indoctrinated, and “Germanized” Polish children. The hypocrisy of this move is astounding when you consider how the Germans saw Slavic people as an inferior race yet were integrating them into their society.

So why did they do it? Well, Himmler believed that allowing the “Aryan” children to grow up in enemy nations would lead them to become capable leaders that would harm Germany in the long term. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. What exactly is an “Aryan?”

The Germans considered themselves to be “Aryans”

The “Aryans” were a sub-group of European people that the Nazis defined as inherently superior. Nazi ideology identified the purest Aryans to be the Nordic people of Britain, the Netherlands…

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Sal
Lessons from History

I am a History Educator and a Lifelong Learner with a Masters in Global History.