Official Definition of the Term Jew in The Government-General
(July 24, 1940)
Regulation for the Definition of the Term Jew
in the Government-General
July 24, 1940
Where the word "Jew" is used in Legal and Administrative Provisions in the Government-General, it is to be interpreted as follows:
1) Anyone who is a Jew, or is considered a Jew, in accordance with the Legal Provisions in the Reich;
2) Anyone who is a Jew, or is considered a Jew, and is a former Polish citizen or stateless person, under § 2 of this Regulation.
1) A Jew is a person descended from at least three fully Jewish grandparents by race.
2) A person is considered a Jew if he is descended from two grandparents who are full Jews by race and
a) if he was a member of the Jewish Religious Community on September 1, 1939, or joined such a community subsequently;
b) if he was married to a Jew on the date on which this Regulation came into force, or married a Jew subsequently;
c) if he is the product of extramarital intercourse with a Jew in accordance with para. 1 and was born after May 31, 1941.
3) A grandparent is automatically considered a full Jew if he was a member of a Jewish community.
1) Where the concept [person of] Jewish Mischling is used in Legal and Administrative Provisions of the Government-General, it is to be interpreted as follows:
a) a person who is a Jewish Mischling in accordance with the Reich Legal Provisions;
b) any person who is a former Polish citizen or stateless, and is descended from one or two grandparents who are full Jews by race, unless he is considered a Jew under § 2, para. 2.
2) The provisions under § 2, para. 3 apply similarly.
1) A business enterprise is considered Jewish if the owner is a Jew in accordance with § 1.
2) A business enterprise which is owned by a Limited Company is considered Jewish if one or more members who are personally responsible are Jews....
3) A place of business is also considered Jewish if it is in practice under the dominant influence of Jews.
4) The provisions under para. 1-4 also apply to Associations, Endowments, Institutions and other organizations which are not business enterprises.
Legal and Administrative Provisions issued for Jews apply to Jewish Mischling only where this is expressly stated.
This Regulation comes into effect on August 1, 1940.
Cracow, July 24, 1940
The Governor General
for the Occupied Polish Territories
VB1GG, 1940, pp. 231-232.
Source: Yad Vashem