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The fear of race-mixing stands at the heart of much stereotyping; the notion that a group's pure and superior identity is threatened by racial "pollution." This image, from a children's book commissioned by Gestapo head Reinhard Heydrich, depicts the Jews' degenerate lust for the pristine women of the Aryan Race. Underlying this illustration for children were plans to exterminate all Jews, therefore insuring that the Aryan gene pool would not be sullied by the taint of Jewish blood. Defining a group as "degenerate" is often the first step towards mass murder and machineries of forced sterilization.

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