The Preventive Fight Against Crime

(December 14, 1937)


From the circular of the Reich and Prussian Minister of the Interior of 14 December 1937 on 'the preventive fight against crime'

Those to be considered asocial are persons who demonstrate through behavior towards the community, which may not in itself be criminal, that they will not adapt themselves to the community. The following are examples of the asocial:

(a) Persons who through minor, but repeated, infractions of the law demonstrate that they will not adapt themselves to the natural discipline of a National Socialist state, e.g. beggars, tramps, (Gypsies), whores, alcoholics with contagious diseases, particularly sexually transmitted diseases, who evade the measures taken by the public health authorities.

Source: M. Burleigh & W. Wippermann, "The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945," Cambridge, 1991, p. 173.


Source: Yad Vashem