Racial policy of Nazi Germany
The racial policy of Nazi Germany was a set of policies and laws implemented in Nazi Germany, asserting the superiority of the ""Aryan race"", based on a specific racist doctrine which claimed scientific legitimacy. It was combined with a eugenics programme that aimed for racial hygiene by using compulsory sterilizations and extermination of the Untermenschen (or ""sub-humans""), which eventually culminated in the Holocaust. Nazi policies targeted peoples, especially Jews, as well as Romani, ethnic Poles, Slavs who were labeled as ""inferior"" in a racial hierarchy that placed the Herrenvolk (or ""master race"") of the Volksgemeinschaft (or ""national community"") at the top and below people believed to be non-Aryan ""subhumans"" such as Slavs, Romani, Serbs, Poles, and persons of color. Jews were at the bottom of the hierarchy, considered totally inhuman and thus unworthy of life.