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The story of special exemptions for very useful Jews or in one case a good friend of Hitler -- these exemptions resulted in people like Milch being able to serve at a very high level in Nazi Germany and again in Milch's case, even be tried for war crimes. What I am wondering is, do we have any indications of what Milch et. al. expected once the war was over? Were they treated just like other non-Jews once exemptions were granted? Were they sometimes able to save Jewish relatives or did they studiously avoid doing anything that would adversely affect their Aryan status?

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    Sources would improve this question. – Mark C. Wallace Jun 27 '17 at 8:31
  • Wikipedia articles go somewhat into Milch but I am asking if someone knows more details. Obviously, impossible to know what a victorious Germany would have meant for Milch; I am guessing that given how nazis did things, he would have gradually lost status and maybe ended up with his fellow Jews. I was just reading about Kruschev's life after his fall from power: Initial modest comfort that was arbitrarily diminished. – Jeff Jun 27 '17 at 8:58
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because speculating on what would have happened after the war to Milch goes into alternate history. – Tom Au Jun 27 '17 at 15:54
  • I asked if we have indications of what he expected, not what we think would happen. – Jeff Jun 27 '17 at 16:51
  • I think this is a question that would benefit from revision & clarification. This is not a vote to close permanently, it is a vote to request revision. – Mark C. Wallace Jun 27 '17 at 23:42
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Regarding Milch, his mother declared that his biological father was another man, an Aryan, so he would be treated as Aryan.

In other cases when "honorary Aryan" certificates were issued, they had a provision that the certificate would be reconsidered after the war is over, so all the "honorary Aryans" were to undergo one more selection after the war, possibly, based on their performance during the war.

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    Sources would improve this answer. – Mark C. Wallace Jul 2 '17 at 17:56
  • @Anixx: This provision, was it actually written on the certificate, like, "To be re-evaluated yearly" or something? – Jeff Dec 10 '17 at 18:30
  • @Jeff Yes. Not yearly, but after the war. – Anixx Dec 10 '17 at 18:37
  • @Anixx: So the war itself was mentioned? If so, the clear connotation is that this certificate was an extraordinary thing done due to the emergency of the war. I would guess that the mere presence of this clause was a pretty big hint that its holder was indeed not secure. I could have seen such honoraries living out their post-war lives in something like Tieresenstadt; I find it hard to believe that when the dust has settled they would be just another German. – Jeff Dec 10 '17 at 18:45
  • @Jeff yes. But it also hinted that everyone would be judged based on their war-time merits. Another case of "selection" which Nazis so much loved. You be loyal and perform good, and we will think what to do with you. – Anixx Dec 10 '17 at 19:10
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Like all things political, you can get just about anything if you're well connected or very wealthy.

In the case of nazi Germany, the key was a document called an Aryan Certificate, which was your 'get out of concentration camps free' card. A few very well connected Jews were able to get these, including Milch. With that certificate, they were no longer Jews, but proper Aryans.

  • According the the above-mentioned wiki article, Milch had :"...Milch's subsequently being issued, at Göring's urging, a German Blood Certificate". This seems different then your Aryan Certificate. Can you provide a source that shows Milch had the Aryan Certificate? – justCal Jul 2 '17 at 16:51
  • I would suggest that in the same way that ancestors were examined for generations, that contributions during ww1 were discounted eventually, it is a fairly obvious thought that no matter what sort of certificate one had, one's position was not secure. Speculative in the extreme but I bet you Milch's status would have been reexamined after a nazi victory when his skills were no longer required. – Jeff Jul 3 '17 at 0:11
  • I would also like to comment on the well-connected/wealth providing protection: I do not think this is true. In some cases the extremely wealthy by signing over their assets at a very nominal price were able to buy escape but nothing else. Other times not even that. I am thinking Rothschilds had their property simply confiscated (that was in the reach of the nazis but good and ancient planning had prevented them from reach it all) and they certainly were not able to stop the nazis. – Jeff Jul 3 '17 at 0:42

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