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Question: How did the Nazis of WWII identify and verify the Jewish population? Short Answer: Mostly paper records, after that human sources: informers and collaborators. It is true that the German Census of 1939 did include race information, and census data was kept on early tabulation machines, punch cards; but by 1939 most off that information would ...


There were several methods: Public records. Personal documents. For example in Soviet union every adult living in a city had to have an "interior passport". This interior passport did not show "religion" but it had another entry: "nationality" (roughly translated from the Russian as ethnicity). For example: Russian, Ukrainian, ...


Looks, surnames, census and birth records, local population ... First of all, Jews belong to Semitic peoples, they were often voluntarily or involuntarily separated from host nation (mostly because of religion), and usually didn't intermarry. This did start to change in 19th century, but in WW2 lots of Jews still had distinct Middle Eastern appearance . ...


Quite easy. They looked it up in the registry. Prior to WW2 civilian records also hold fields for religion and (sometimes) ancestry. That's how they catalogued and rounded up Jews living in the occupied territories. Simply by going to the civil administration and go through the records.

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