Honorary Aryan

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Honorary Aryan (German: Ehrenarier) was a term used in Nazi Germany for a status granted[citation needed] by the Nazi Bureau of Race Research, or by other Nazi officials, to certain individuals and groups of people who were not generally considered to be biologically part of the Aryan race, according to Nazi standards. The status certified them as being honorarily part of the Aryan race.[citation needed]

The prevalent explanation as to why the status of "honorary Aryan" was bestowed by the Nazis upon other non-Nordic – or even less exclusively, non-Indo-Iranian/European peoples – is that the services of those peoples were deemed valuable to the German economy or war effort,[1] or simply for other purely political or propaganda reasons.

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Hitler declared the Japanese to be "Honorary Aryans".[2][3][4][5]


Mufti Amin al-Husseini of the British Mandate of Palestine of the British Empire, an Arab, "was granted honorary Aryan" status by the Nazis.[6][7]


Emil Maurice, founding member of the Schutzstaffel (SS), was not of Aryan descent according to Himmler's racial purity rules, as he had Jewish ancestry. In a secret letter written on 31 August 1935, Hitler compelled Himmler to make an exception for Maurice and his brothers, who were informally declared "Honorary Aryans" and allowed to stay in the SS.[8]

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  1. ^ "In the Wind", The Nation Vol. 147, Issue 7. August 13, 1938
  2. ^ Farrell, Joseph P. (2004). Reich of the Black Sun: Nazi Secret Weapons & the Cold War Allied Legend (illustrated ed.). Adventures Unlimited Press. p. 117. ISBN 9781931882392. Retrieved 30 July 2018. 
  3. ^ Adams, James Truslow (1933). History of the United States: Cumulative (loose-leaf) history of the United States. C. Scribner's sons. pp. 260, 436. Retrieved 30 July 2018. 
  4. ^ Delgado, Richard; Stefancic, Jean (1997). Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror. Temple University Press. p. 53. ISBN 9781439901519. Retrieved 30 July 2018. 
  5. ^ Narula, Uma; Pearce, W. Barnett (2012). Cultures, Politics, and Research Programs: An International Assessment of Practical Problems in Field Research. Routledge. p. 105. ISBN 9781136462689. Retrieved 30 July 2018. 
  6. ^ Dalin David G. and Rothman, John F. (2009) Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam, Transaction Publishers. p.47 ISBN 978-1-4128-1077-7.
  7. ^ Rigg, Bryan Mark (2002) Hitler's Jewish soldiers: the untold story of Nazi racial laws and men of Jewish descent in the German military. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas. ISBN 978-0-7006-1178-2
  8. ^ Hoffmann 2000, pp. 50, 51.

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