Honorary Aryan (German: Ehrenarier) was a term used in Nazi Germany for a status granted 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.
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, or simply for other purely political or propaganda reasons.
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.
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