One must choose: (a) to separate from oneself a portion of the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania, to place them outside the category of citizens, to approve Germany's Nuremburg laws
on the seizure of Jewish property and their separation from other citizens, to renounce them as citizens, in no way to associate the justice system and the entire state with them and, finally, to give them over for destruction; or (b) to act the way the King of Denmark did, refusing to separate the Jews from other citizens and the state, and therefore to wear upon one's breast, as the King did, the Jewish Star of David - even if it was something out of the Italian proverb Se non e vero, e ben trovato (Even if it's not true, it's well conceived).
But then I began to get the creepy feeling I was reading an American fundamentalist version of the Nazis'1935 Nuremburg Laws
, which disenfranchised German Jews and foreshadowed the murderous persecution of European Jewry.
Goldsmith lays bare the systematic degradation of Germany's Jews starting with the civil service "reforms"of 1933, through the Nuremburg laws
, Kristallnacht, and a steady stream of progressively repressive measures, the slightest transgression of which was dealt with swiftly and harshly, offenders shipped off at first to forced labor camps and later concentration camps.