My Mischling Family

A particularly unpleasant occurrence

This is how Joseph Goebbels described Mischlinge. It is also the title of the book I’m writing about my Mischling Oma’s life in Nazi Berlin.
My Oma, Susanne, and her brother
in Bad Dürkheim, c.1932

According to the 1935 Nuremberg Laws, a child born to one Jewish and one ‘Aryan’ parent was called a Mischling. The term can be translated into English as something like ‘mongrel’ – essentially a derogatory term for a ‘mixed’ child. There were different levels of Mischlinge, depending, for example, on whether the child was active in the Jewish community, or had been baptised, or on whether the mother or father was the Jewish parent. My Oma (my mum’s mum), Susanne Schwarz, was categorised as a Mischling ersten Grades – a ‘first degree’ Mischling

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