In September 1935, the Nazi Party asked Bernhard Lösener to draft a large portion of the infamous Nuremberg Laws, which deprived Jews of citizenship rights and eventually led to the Holocaust. Lösener was clever enough to convince party officials that a person should be considered Jewish only if he/she had at least three, rather than two, Jewish grandparents. Lösener later argued that by collaborating with the Nazi regime, he was able to save thousands from the Holocaust by reclassifying them as non-Jews. Indeed, by one estimate, he saved as many as 100,000 lives.* If Lösener had not collaborated, someone else would have written the Nuremberg Laws, and they would have been even worse. Does this justify his actions?
*Robert Nelson, Revolution and Genocide, University of Chicago Press (1992) p 324.
Thanks to David Goldman, founder of FASPE, for suggesting this dilemma.
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