When researching for my midterm paper this weekend I stumbled across a Wikipedia page about an organization that I had previously never heard about. The Association of German National Jews was a group of German Jews that were supporters of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, led by Max Naumann. A similar group, the German Vanguard, was led by Hans-Joachim Schoeps. Essentially, the Association’s goal was that of assimilation of Jews into the Third Reich, as members saw themselves as more tied to their German identity than their religion. On the surface, assimilation have been more practical for some Jews to try to assimilate in order to make their way under the new regime instead of completely uprooting their lives, and it is clear that these Jews may have had deep love for their country. Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism, was himself originally a supporter of assimilation of Jews into mainstream European society, even refusing to have his sons circumcised. However, it is clear that any Jewish Nazi sympathizers were walking a very narrow line between being practical and being destructive to their own heritage. The act of trying to assimilate could be seen as giving into an oppressive and racist regime instead of standing up and fighting for one’s rights. The willing loss of one’s Jewish identity, even if there is no better option, would have to be a gut-wrenching choice. It’s a reminder, however, that people possess different identities of race, religion, or ethnicity, and everyone values their own personal identities differently.