The Nazis treatment of the Jewish people derived from their social and racial policies. The Nazis believed that only Germans could be citizens and that non-Germans should not have any citizenship rights.
The Nazis racial philosophy taught that some races were ‘Untermenschen’ ('subhuman'). Many scientists at this time believed that people with disabilities or social problems were genetically less human and that their genes needed to be eliminated from the human gene pool.
As a result of these beliefs, the Nazis took the following actions: